Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 4 and Paris-Nice 7

Nairo Quintana:
"It went all as we planned it, I'm really happy. I wasn't really confident about my condition since I had got a bit sick during the last few days, sort of a flu. It has taken some energy off me during the week, and I don't feel superb yet. However, the team was really great all week supporting me. All my team-mates kept me calm until the foot of the climb, and later on, Andrey and Dani were really attentive to those attacks, just like Castroviejo.
Our strategy was having all three taking care of those attacks, before the moves from the big favourites, and Castro really delivered. As the big moves came, I stayed on their wheels until I found the moment to attack and overtake them. I feel like experience and maturity give you a real edge in such moments - the older the better, and it really paid off today for me.
There’s still a couple of dangerous stages left; actually, I think Sunday will be harder than today. It’s a nice gap in the overall standings for us, though, one that we can manage well through both tomorrow and the ITT, so we can bring this jersey home on Tuesday. We’ve got a strong team and I’m hopeful we can fulfil that goal.”

Richie Porte:
"It hurt so much but it was such a sweet victory after the disaster we had early in the week. But I must take my hat off to the team, they were absolutely incredible all week and they never lost faith in me. So I say a big thank you to them. I wasn't always easy to deal with this week.
I love this race. It means so much to me. To win a stage here is incredible. It gives an incredible feeling of satisfaction. Words don't sum it up.
I did know this climb. Two weeks ago we did reconnaissance of it. It was a beautiful climb. We were lucky with the weather that we could get this high. It's the highest finish of Paris-Nice ever which is incredible. I'll take great memories from this. 
It was hard to line up on Tuesday after stage 2, but it makes you a little bit hungrier. I had a couple of little goes at it on the way up. I didn't so much as attack, but more rolled off the front a little bit there. The others didn't have to chase me for GC but the last 3km were absolute hell. To finish it off is a great way to finish the week.
The boys rode on the front basically from kilometer 0 to put me in the good position. I must tip by hat to those guys. It's not over. We still have another hard stage tomorrow. It's nice for me to take a bit of a backseat and sit back and watch the fireworks. I think it's going to be a spectacle tomorrow. It will be a really exciting race.
It's good signs for me. I have a new coach David Bailey who has really been good this last year and I think we are on a good path for July. My climbing is up there with the best in the world. So we'll take it race by race now, but I'm looking forward to July for sure."

Dan Martin:
"I am super happy with my performance, though it comes a bit as a surprise. I was a little sick after racing in Portugal and couldn't do the work in training that I wanted to, but before that, the winter was perfect. It's the first time that I try to ride for the GC at Paris-Nice and for now it's going well, but I know a lot can change tomorrow. The fight isn't over and now I need to recover for tomorrow. We are still in the fight to win Paris-Nice and after so many hard days I'm not going to stop trying now, so I'm quite optimistic for tomorrow. It's really a bittersweet moment for me today. I knew there was a possibility Julian would suffer on the long climb, but I really believed he could keep the jersey. In the end I followed the best guys and could just sit in the wheels. The team has been fantastic this week. It's hard to protect one leader and they did the job for both of us amazing. This incredible team spirit makes Quick-Step Floors so special."

Julian Alaphilippe:
"Can't say I am disappointed, because it was a very tough climb and I was aware of that before the start. I want to say a huge thanks to all my teammates, who once again did a great job from the very start of the day. They were unbelievable, I'm proud of them and can't be sad after losing the yellow jersey. I did my best, it was a beautiful week so far and it isn't over yet. It was great to see so many fans cheering for me, as their support and my stint in yellow made this experience a fantastic one



1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 5:27:22
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:18
3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:24
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
5 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:29
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:41
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:46
10 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:51
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 16:34:46
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:33
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:56
4 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:01
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:06
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:19
7 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:23
9 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:27
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:29
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 5:01:35
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:21
3 Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:32
4 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
5 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:55
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Team 0:01:07
7 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:11
8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:21
9 Marc Solar (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team
1 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 27:01:15
2 Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:30
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:31
4 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:00
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:22
6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:34
7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:41
8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:03:22
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:04:07
10 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:04:39

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