Updated: Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:27 | By Agence France-Presse

Slagter wins Paris-Nice seventh stage

Dutch rider Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Garmin team won the seventh and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Saturday.

Slagter wins Paris-Nice seventh stage

Netherlands' Tom Jelte Slagter celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the seventh stage of the 72nd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race, on March 15, 2014, between Mougins and Biot Sophia Antipolis - by Eric Feferberg

Slagter won a sprint finish uphill ahead of world champion Rui Costa of Portugal and yellow jersey holder Carlos Betancur of Colombia.

Britain's Geraint Thomas, second overall at the start from Mougins, lost ground after a fall 5km from the finish line after the 195.5km stage at Biot.

Slagter, 24, also won Wednesday's stage at Belleville.

AG2R La Mondiale rider Betancur leads Costa by 14sec before the tough final stage over 128km which includes five climbs in Provence before arriving in Nice.

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