Paris-Nice Stage 3: Peloton Welcomes Calmer Day7. March 2017, Chalon-sur-Saone (FRA) — Road Team
After two chaotic days of racing, cold weather and heavy rain, the peloton welcomed clear skies and a calmer speed on stage 3 of Paris-Nice.
Unlike the previous two days of racing where crosswinds and echelons wreaked havoc on the race, the peloton let a three-rider breakaway go clear in the first five minutes.
The peloton was happy to sit up and relax and let the trio gain an advantage of more than six minutes, before race leader Arnaud Démare’s team (FDJ) took control of the chase.
With 5km remaining, two of the three breakaway riders, Piere Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), held a 24 second advantage on the bunch.
It wasn’t enough to disrupt the expected bunch sprint and the catch was made under the flame rouge, making way for the sprint won by Sam Bennet (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The peloton faces a race against the clock on stage 4 with a 14.5km time trial finishing on Mont Brouilly.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was definitely a relief with better weather and a calmer pace, but it was still a stressful day, every day is in Paris-Nice. It was nice that the guys still had faith in me and looked after me. Another day closer to Nice. Today restored by faith in cycling to see a good friend of mine, Sam Bennet, win the stage. Tomorrow’s time trial is a good one for me I hope. Whatever happens now is a bonus.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“It was a good day for everybody. I imagine that the good weather was welcomed by the whole peloton, and for us it was a day to recover. We stayed in the bunch as I didn’t want to put any riders in a small breakaway so we stayed with Richie throughout the stage. The time trial is a good day for Richie and after that we will try to make breakaways and then see what happens on the mountain stages. I think everyone’s morale has been boosted with the sun out here at the finish.”
Stage 3: Chablis > Chalon-sur-Saone (190km)
Top 3: 1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), 2. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), 3. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 68. Francisco Ventoso, 69. Nicolas Roche, 72. Richie Porte.
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