He­nao takes over­all lead

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NICE: Team Sky came close to win­ning a fifth Paris-Nice ti­tle in six years when Ser­gio He­nao claimed the over­all lead on Satur­day, with the Colom­bian hop­ing to ded­i­cate a vic­tory to un­der-fire team prin­ci­pal Dave Brails­ford.

He­nao, who fin­ished fourth in the sev­enth stage won by Aus­tralian Richie Porte, leads Ire­land’s Dan Martin by 30 sec­onds and Spa­niard Al­berto Con­ta­dor by 31 sec­onds go­ing into late yes­ter­day’s fi­nal stage, a 115.5-km ride fea­tur­ing two cat­e­gory-one as­cents.

Porte (BMC) sal­vaged his Paris-Nice cam­paign with the win after he dropped out of con­tention in the sec­ond stage.

“I’m re­ally happy with the team and with Dave Brails­ford. We’re all with Dave. Dave is go­ing through some tough mo­ments,” He­nao said. “As a rider, I’ve been through ex­tremely tough mo­ments, so I re­ally hope to stay in yel­low to­mor­row and to ded­i­cate the vic­tory to Sky and to Dave.”

Brails­ford has come un­der fire for fail­ing to prove what was in a med­i­cal pack­age or­dered by a team doc­tor and de­liv­ered to Bradley Wig­gins at the 2011 Cri­terium du Dauphine.

Team Sky and Bri­tish Cy­cling have both been sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by UK Anti-Dop­ing (UKAD) into al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing in the sport. Both have de­nied any dop­ing vi­o­la­tions.

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