Colombian Betancur Assumes Leadership of Race Paris-Nice

Posted on Mar 17 2014 - 3:32am by Rico

Colombian cyclist Carlos Alberto Betancur reached the first place of the traditional race Paris-Nice, in France, with his victory today of the sixth stage, the longest of the competition. Betancur, 24, of the AG2R La Mondiale team, rode in 5’12”11 the 221.5km from Saint-Saturnin-les-Avignon to the top of Fayence.

The South American cyclist overcame the Portuguese Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) in the final sprint for achieeving his second consecutive victory in the Paris-Nice tour, after winning the fifth round, between Creches-sur-Saone and Rive-de-Gier.

Thus, Betancur, who was today in the fourth place overall, climbed up to the top of the classification, with global registry of 27:04.48 hours, eight seconds ahead of Briton Geraint Thomas and 18 ahead Costa, second and third in that order.

Tomorrow will be the seventh and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice, of 195.5 km between Mougins and Biot.

This race, whose current champion is Australian Richie Porte, was founded in 1933 and is known as the Race of the Sun, due to the weather improvement that happens on the way from the North to the South of France.