Paris-Nice Stage 3: Snow Day9. March 2016, Macon (FRA) — Road Team
Extreme weather conditions saw Stage 3 of Paris-Nice cancelled mid-race due to safety concerns.
The 168km stage from Cusset to Mont Brouilly was set to be the first real test for the GC contenders but a bleak weather forecast put a dampener on the day.
Cold weather and rain at the start in Cusset gradually turned into snow as the riders approached the feed zone after 98km of racing.
An initial decision was made to neutralize the race and resume at the 125km mark, before race organizers confirmed the cancellation of the race shortly after.
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Fabio Baldato welcomed the decision.
“It is unfortunate as today’s stage was set to be a good one but the safety of the riders is more important than anything and it was the right call to cancel the stage,” Baldato said.
“Luckily the worst conditions happened to arrive around the feed zone so our support vehicles were already in place to collect the riders and bring them back safely.”
Stage 4, 195,5km from Juliénas to Romans-sur-Isère tomorrow will continue as planned.
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