Paris-Nice Stage 7: Contador wins it all

Davide Rebellin got a lot of help from other teams, but in the end nothing could change the fact that Gerolsteiner was whittled down to four riders and Discovery had Leipheimer, Popovych, Danielson, Paulinho, Devolder, Vaitkus and White to work for Contador.

Devolder and Paulinho were part of an early break until Discovery decided to take full control of the race and start pulling back the break on the early Cat 1 Col de la Porte climb. By the end of the penultimate climb up the Turbie, Discovery had already dropped all of Rebellin's Gerolsteiner teammates, so there was little help with Leipheimer, Danielson, and Popovych drilled it up the final Col d'Eze. Discovery then put it all in the hands of Contador as he attacked and gapped Rebellin by 37 seconds over the top of the Eze.

All of this was similar to Discovery's tactics in stage 6, but Rebellin could not find the help that he had in yesterday's stage to pull back Contador. Rebellin was able to pull it back to within 17 seconds, but by the end Contador was able to get the stage win and 22 seconds over Rebellin.

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