A frantic, enthralling 72nd edition of Paris-Nice came to a conclusion at the weekend, with 24-year-old Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) sealing the biggest victory of his career to date.
Shorn of any big summit finishes or individual time trials, organisers ASO had hoped for an open race with the rouleurs and puncheurs offered the opportunity to shine.
And it did not disappoint as the rolling stages produced no end of attacks and counter-attacks as the race for the yellow jersey was thrown wide open.
Betancur took the overall honours, setting himself up nicely for an assault on the Giro d’Italia, but he was far from the only one to shine.
Read on for our final five observations, or relive all of our reports, galleries and observations from this year’s ‘Race to the Sun’ here.