Iban Velasco enjoyed a brilliant day in the spotlight today in the first stage of the Paris-Nice. Iban jumped on the attack with 3 French riders immediately after the official start, and stayed out for almost 180 kms. The quartet were eventually reeled in with only 3 kms to go, and the sprinter teams set it up for a sprint-finish. All Euskaltel riders but Iban came in with the main peloton. Iban came in 22 seconds back, but, anyway, it was a great day for him, and he showed what made Euskaltel take him on.