GESINK: I NEED TO LEARN TO DESCEND

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Robert Gesink spoke of his disappointment after losing the Paris-Nice yellow jersey in an aggressive and chaotic sixth stage.

?I?m less fresh than I was before. On the climb there were riders going up in the big ring, but I wasn?t able to do that,? he said.

Gesink lost touch with the leaders on the descent of the Tanneron, a twisting and narrow downhill with gravelly corners and few straight sections.

?I don?t think I underestimated the Tanneron ? I knew it was a very dangerous descent, and when I saw Frank Schleck fall in front of me I was afraid. I almost crapped in my yellow shorts,? he joked.

?I?ll have to learn how to descend better. But this is cycling. It?s disappointing to lose the whole race on a downhill, but Rebellin made the gap. Then I couldn?t get back on in the wind. It was very difficult, and I pushed too hard at the start of the chase.?

Gesink didn?t rule out trying to regain his race lead, but with Rebellin leading him by a healthy margin, it looks like the Dutchman might have to put this Paris-Nice down to experience.

?I?ll have a think about what to do tomorrow. But for now, I?m just disappointed,? he said.

PARIS-NICE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage six: Gesink sinks

Stage five: Quick Step make it three

Stage four: Evans above

Stage three: Flying Finn takes the win

Stage two: Steegmans back on top

Stage one: Steegmans rides the storm

Prologue: Hushovd wins

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Stage three analysis

Stage one analysis

Millar goes down but isn't out

Prologue analysis: winners and losers

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Teams vote to ride Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice preview: does the route suit David Millar?

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.