Egan Bernal wins Paris-Nice race after lively final stage

Winner of the Paris Nice cycling race Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, who also took the best young rider's white jersey, celebrates on the podium

Winner of the Paris Nice cycling race Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, who also took the best young rider's white jersey, celebrates on the podium

Stage winner Spain's Ion Izaguirre Insausti celebrates on the podium after the eighth stage of the Paris Nice cycling race with start and finish in Ni

Stage winner Spain's Ion Izaguirre Insausti celebrates on the podium after the eighth stage of the Paris Nice cycling race with start and finish in Ni

Stage winner Spain's Ion Izaguirre Insausti celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the eighth stage of the Paris Nice cycling race with start and

Stage winner Spain's Ion Izaguirre Insausti celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the eighth stage of the Paris Nice cycling race with start and

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, thanks teammate Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, wearing the best sprinter

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, thanks teammate Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, wearing the best sprinter

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, hugs third place teammate Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, wearing the bes

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, hugs third place teammate Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, wearing the bes

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after the eighth and final stage of the Paris

Colombia's Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after the eighth and final stage of the Paris

NICE, France (AP) — Team Sky rider Egan Bernal won the Paris-Nice weeklong race for his most prestigious title so far after resisting a bold offensive from fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana in Sunday's final stage.

Quintana secured a second-placed finish after Spain's Ion Izagirre won the eighth stage on the "Promenade des Anglais" along the Mediterranean Sea.

The 22-year-old Bernal, one of the most promising riders of his generation, moved into the overall lead after Saturday's penultimate stage at the summit of the Col de Turini.

Quintana's efforts nearly paid off but the climber had to be content with a runner-up finish, 39 seconds behind Bernal. Michal Kwiatkowski, who also rides for Team Sky, completed the podium.

Quintana made his move on the Cote de Peille and led a group of 12 riders at the top of the climb. Quintana had a 55-second lead over Bernal at some point but a lack of cooperation within the breakaway group in the descent to Nice proved costly for the former Giro and Vuelta champion.

Izagirre secured the stage's win by dropping his breakaway companions in the finale.

Bernal secured a sixth victory in seven years for Team Sky in Paris-Nice.

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