Sky's Sergio Henao wins Paris-Nice

Sergio Henao, aboard his fi’zi:k Antares R3 saddle and competing for Team Sky, took the biggest title of his career on Sunday, winning Paris-Nice on a thrilling final day. The 29-year-old Colombian was pushed all the way by a determined Alberto Contador, but dug deep to beat the Spaniard by just 2 seconds. Henao’s consistency over eight stages gave the British team their fifth victory in six editions of one of the most prestigious races on the calendar.

‘It was tough but I didn’t ask myself any questions,’ Henao said after the race. ‘I knew I had to suffer until the last minutes but I had to do it for myself and the greatness of Colombian cycling.’

And it really was a tough battle… Although only 115km long, starting and finishing in Nice, it featured three category-two climbs and two category ones. Henao entered the final day with a 31-second lead over Contador and all looked comfortable until, 52km in, Contador attacked.

The Spaniard’s lead rapidly grew to 1 minute and it looked like Henao’s victory had been lost. However, superb work by Sergio’s cousin Sebastian Henao and David Lopez (both fi’zi:k Antares R1 saddle) helped to close the gap, leaving Henao to do the rest for a memorable triumph.

Special mention must also go to 23-year-old Marc Soler (fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle and Movistar), who finished third on the day just 5 seconds behind stage winner David de la Cruz.

While Paris-Nice has reached its conclusion, the seven-day Tirreno-Adriatico still has two stages remaining. Movistar’s Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle) is showing impressive form, leading Thibaut Pinot (fi’zi:k Arione saddle) by 50 seconds. BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes) sits in third.