Thursday March 7th, 2013

Stage 4Brioude / Saint-Vallier

Start 11h00 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary07.03.2013 in 16:37Swiss Albasini right on time in stage 4

Swiss Michael Albasini (OGE) timed his move perfectly to surge in the final stretch of the 199.5-kms 4th stage of Paris-Nice in St Vallier and take the day's laurels on one of the trickiest courses of this edition. The Orica-Greenedge rider, one of his country's greatest cycling talents, outwitted Kazakh Maxim Iglinskyi and Slovak Peter Velits on the line to add another prestigious line to a personal record already including stage wins in the Vuelta and the Tour de Suisse.
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interview07.03.2013 in 17:20 Talansky: "I was smart"

Yellow Jersey holder Andrew Talansky (GRS) told how he thought he outwitted his main rivals in today's finale to St Vallier. And the American is now looking forward to jauge himself in the Montagne de Lure.

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interview07.03.2013 in 16:54 Albasini: "A stage win was my goal"

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Joint leader of the Orica Greenedge team with Simon Gerrans, Michale Albasini was above all looking for a stage win in this Paris- Nice. Mission accomplished. 

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Sporting stakes06.03.2013 in 17:41A carbon copy?

First rain and first climbs were merciless to many riders in the Paris-Nice peloton and those expecting a reprieve on the 199.5 kms between Brioude and St Vallier are in for a bitter disappointment.

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15:59Talansky retains Yellow Jersey

American Andrew Talansky (GRS) retained the race leader's Yellow Jersey.

15:58Top 5 results in stage 4

Top 5 results in the 199.5-kms 4th stage between Brioude and St Vallier:

1. Michael Albasini (Switzerland, OGE)

2. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan, AST)

3. Peter Velits (Slovakia, OPQ)

4. Enrico Gasparotto (Italy, AST)

5. Robert Gesink (Netherlands, BLA)

15:54Albasini wins stage 4

Swiss Michael Albasini (OGE) wins the 199.5-kms 4th stage of Paris-Nice.

15:53Gesink in the lead

Robert Gesink (BLA) who lost a minute in stage 3, is now alone in the lead.

15:522 kms to go...

... and the restless Chavanel tries again. Coppel attacks in turn, followed by Robert Gesink (BLA).

15:51Westra back

3 kms to go and Lieuwe Westra (VCD) is back in the front bunch. It is not the case of David Malacarne (EUC), third overall, who is 25 seconds off the pace.

15:495 kms to go...

... and Amael Moinard (BMC) has taken his turn at the front of he peloton behind Chavanel. Jerome Coppel (COF) makes a brave attempt, but to no avail.

15:48Westra dropped

Lieuwe Westra (VCD), second overall last year, missed a corner and is now slightly dropped by the leading bunch.

15:47Chavanel leads the way

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) leads the way in tjhe descent, followed by Scarponi and Porte. But race leader Andrew Talansky (GRS) is not far. 

15:46Results on Cote de la Sizeranne

Results at the top of  the 2nd category Cote de la Sizeranne (Km 191):

1. Michele Scarponi (LAM) 7 points

2. Richie Porte (SKY) 5 pts

3. Andreas Kloeden (RLT) 3 pts

4. Andryi Grivko (AST) 2 pts

15:43Monfort atacks

Maxime Monfort (RLT), who lost vital time when he crashed in the prologue, attacked. But he was quickly reined in.

15:40Santaromita leads the way

Ivan Santaromita (BMC) is working hard at the front of the bunch as the race tackles the last climb, Cote de la Sizeranne.

15:36A few riders lose touch

Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Ivan Basso (CAN), Thomas De Gendt (VCD) and Nairo Quintana (MOV) are among riders now dropped by the main pack.

15:34Break over

Voeckler, Dupont, Tschopp and Meersman have been reined in with 14 kms to go by the main pack, led by BMC riders. 

15:32Gap goes down

The peloton is only 10 seconds adrift with 15 kms to go.

15:31Viviani in the grupetto

Only some 30 riders are left in the Yellow Jersey group while a strong grupetto, including green jersey holder Elia Viviani (CAN) are 2:40 adrift with 20 kms to go.

15:29BMC lead the chase

BMC riders and especially Amael Moinard are leading the chase, some 25 seconds behind the four escapees.

15:26Tschopp and Meersman back

20 kms to go and in the descent, Johann Tschopp (IAM) and Gianni Meersman (OPQ) have made up their gap with Thomas Voeckler (EUC) and Hubert Dupont (ALM). The peloton is 25 seconds adrift.

15:24Results on Cote de Talencieux

Results at the top of  the 2nd category Cote de Talencieux (Km 176.5):

1. Voeckler 7 points

2. Dupont 5 pts

3. Tschopp 3 pts

4. Meersman 2 pts

5. Amael Moinard (BMC) 1 pt

The peloton 35 seconds behind.

15:22Meersman and Tschopp resist

Gianni Meersman (OPQ) and Johann Tschopp (IAM) are still between Voceckler and Dupont and the peloton.

15:20Escapees caught

The former escapees are now being caught one after the other, except for Voeckler and Dupont. Movistar and Euskaltel riders are leading the bunch.

15:18Latest gaps

Voeckler and Dupont lead their former breakaway companions by 15 seconds. The peloton is 30 seconds adrift.

15:16Voeckler surges

25 kms to go and Voeckler attacks, followed by Dupont.

15:14In the penultimate climb

The seven are tackling the penultimate climb, Cote de Talencieux, with a 45 seconds lead over the main bunch.

15:12Evans last season

In a similar finale to St Vallier on the Dauphine last year, Cadel Evans had broken clear to win ahead of Jerome Coppel and Andrey Kashechkin.

15:09One minute gap

The lead of Voeckler, Dupont, Tschopp, Morkov, Sicard, Meersman and Barguil is now down to the minute (km 167).

15:07Lampre riders lead the peloton

Two riders from the Italian outfit are at the front of the bunch in the descent towards the river Rhone.

15:04Nations in the race

Thirty nations were left in the race at the start from Brioude.

39 - France (42 at the start and abandons by Fedrigo -FDJ- in stage 1, Bouhanni -FDJ- and Pichot -EUC- in stage 2).

21 - Belgium (22 at the start and abandon by Seeldrayers -AST- DNS stage 2)

19 - Spain (20 at the start, and abandon by Gutierrez -MOV- in stage 3)

18 - Italy

13 - Netherlands

10 - Australia

7 - Denmark, U.S. (8 at start and abandon by Rathe -GRS- in...

15:00Average speed

The average speed after four hours in the stage was 39.1 kph.

14:57Latest gap

On the sprint line (Km 157), the peloton was 1:20 behind the break.

14:56Sprint result

Result of the second  intermediate sprint in St Romain d'Ay (Km 157):

1. Voeckler 3 points, 3 secs

2. Sicard 2 pts, 2 secs

3. Dupont 1 pt, 1 sec

14:41Sicard back in the leading group

The Euskaltel rider is back with his fellow escapees. The peloton lies 1:30 adrift.

14:39Sicard held by a mechanical

Romain Sicard (EUS) has been dropped by his six breakaway companions. Six men in the lead.

14:34Result on Col du Rouvey

Results at the top of  the 3rd category Col du Rouvey (Km 136):

1. Tschopp 4 points

2. Voeckler 2 pts

3. Sicard 1pt

The peloton 1:45 behind.

14:33Sky and Astana lead the bunch

The two most active teams in stage 3 have seized the reins of the pack again in the ascent of the Col du Rouvey. The peloton is now two minutes adrift.

14:31Puncture for Barguil

Warren Barguil (ARG) punctured and is now 20 seconds behind his breakaway companions. 

14:18Fuglsang out

Astana team leader Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark has given up.

14:17The peloton at km 125

and the bunch trails the seven escapees by exatly three minutes.

14:08Two former stage winners in the break

Thomas Voeckler (EUC) and Gianni Meersman (OPQ) previously won stages on Paris Nice. The Frenchman won two stages in 2011, in Belleville and Nice, while the Belgian won a stage last year in Rodez.

14:03Sunny weather

Rain was forecast for today but the weather on the race is actually rather sunny with a few clouds and a temperature of 14 degrees.

14:02Latest gap

Km 116 - Voeckler, Dupont, Meersman, Sicard, Morkov, Barguil and Tschopp lead the peloton by 3:20.

13:59Average speed

The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 33.6 kph. The overall average speed was 38.2 kph.

13:56Flickinger (EUC): "Thomas is out for revenge"

Europcar team director Andy Flickinger told that Thomas Voeckler was out to avenge his disappointing showing in Brioude: "Thomas is out for revenge after yesterday when he didn't have such a good day. The terrain today was ideal for attacks and for him. We're not there yet as the leaders' team is defending the Yellow Jersey. Thomas's objective is a stage win but we're coming into a section favouring the chase with a long descent and straight lines. We'll se where we are in the...

13:43Latest gap

Km 105.5 - At the top of Cote de Laprat, the peloton trails the seven escapees by 3:40.

13:41Results on Cote de Laprat

Results at the top of  the 3rd category Cote de Laprat (Km 105.5):

1. Tschopp 4 points

2. Barguil 2 pts

3. Dupont 1pt

13:37Seigneur (IAM): "It looks good for the polka-dot"

IAM team director Eddy Seigneur told that Johan Tschopp had made a great step towards taking the polka-dot jersey, which was not a real objective at the start: "Our plan at the start was to have a man in a break today. Since it was Johann, he went for the polka-dot because he's a good climber. It looks good as far as the polka-dot is concerned but for the stage win, it'll be difficult because Thomas Voeckler is in the break and he is only a minute behind in the GC. For the rest...

13:34The peloton at km 100

Km 100 - The peloton trails the seven escapees by 3:05.

13:12In the press today

In Le Dauphine Libere, Philippe Court suggests that AG2R's Guillaume Bonnafond could draw inspiration from his team-mate Romain Bardet, who shone on his home turf yesterday. "Guillaume Bonnafond sees himself playing leading roles as the race enters his home roads," he writes. Bonnafond was born in Valence, which is close to the finish town of St Vallier.

13:10Latest gap

Km 85 - The seven lead the escapees by 2:40.

13:09Results on Cote de la Chomasse

Results at the top of  the 3rd category Cote de La Chomasse (Km 87.5):

1. Tschopp 4 points

2. Barguil 2 pts

3. Meersman 1pt

13:01Average speed

The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 44.3 kph for an overall average speed of 40.5 kph.

12:43The peloton at kilometre 66

Km 66 - The seven escapees lead the peloton by 3:20.

12:30The peloton at Craponne-sur-Arzon

The peloton is in Craponne-sur-Arzon, which was used as a  last minute start stage in the 2005 Paris-Nice for a stage won in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon by Vicente Reynes.

12:20The peloton at kilometre 50

Km 50 - Led by seven Garmin Sharp riders, the peloton trails the seven escapees by 3:50.

12:16Favilli quits

Elia Favilli (LAM) has given up.

12:15Voeckler the best placed

Thomas Voeckler (EUS) is the best placed rider in the break. He lies 49th in the GC, 1:32 behind Andrew Talansky.

12:13Seven in the lead

The chasers just caught the three breakaways. Seven men in the lead: Thomas Voeckler (EUC), Johann Tschopp (IAM), Gianni Meersman (OPQ), Hubert Dupont (ALM), Romain Sicard (EUS), Michael Morkov (TST) and Warren Barguil (ARG).

12:05Latest gap

The peloton was four minutes adrift on the sprint line (km 40.5) while the four chasers were 1:15 behind the break.

12:02Sprint result

Result of the first intermediate sprint in La Chaise-Dieu (km 40.5):
1. Voeckler
2. Tschopp
3.  Meersman

12:00Situation of the race

Km 35 - Three men in the lead: Thomas Voeckler (EUC), Gianni Meessman (OPQ) and Johann Tschopp (IAM).
Michael Morkov (TST), Romain Sicard (EUS), Hubert Dupont (ALM) and Warren Barguil (ARG)  are one minute behind.
The peloton 2:35 behind.

12:00Average speed

The average speed in the first hour of the stage was 36.7 kph.

11:54Another chasing duo

Km 31.5 - Behind the three escapees - Voeckler, Meersman, Tschopp - are to chasing duets. Hubert Dupont (ALM) and Romain Sicard (EUS) and Michael Morkov (TST) with Warren Barguil (ARG). 

11:49Two chasers

The two chasers are Hubert Dupont (ALM) and Romain Sicard (EUS).

11:48Results on Cote de Condat

Results at the top of  the 2nd category Cote de Condat (Km 27.5):
1.  Tschopp 7 points
2.  Meersman 5 pts
3.  Voeckler 3 pts
4.  Dupont 2 pts    45 seconds behind
5.  Sicard 1 pt
Peloton 1:05 behind

11:44The peloton at kilometre 25

Km 25 - Meersman, Voeckler and Tschopp lead the peloton by 45 seconds.Two riders are trying to counter.

11:38In the press today:

L'Equipe reminds that Talansky had revealed himself last year in Romandie: "Just a reminder that he lost by only one second behind Bradley Wiggins in the timed climb to Crans-Montana on the Tour de Romandie (2nd). No need to say that Col d'Eze will suit him".
The French sports daily also pays homage to local favorite Romain Bardet, who nearly made it in his home town before finishing 6th: "I got a little carried away. Perhaps the excitement of arriving home. It's a pity, we'd...

11:30Latest gap

Km 19.5 - Tschopp, Meersman and Voeckler lead the peloton by 25 seconds. But the bunch is speeding in the descent.

11:25Results on Cote de Lachaud

Results at the top of  the 2nd category Cote de Lachaud (Km 11.5):
1.  Tschopp 7 points
2.  Voeckler  5 pts
3.  Meersman 3 pts
4.  Moreno 2 pts
5.  Rein Taaramae (COF) 1 pt

11:24Moreno dropped

Javier Moreno (MOV) has been dropped by the leading group. Three men in the lead: Voeckler, Meersman and Tschopp.

11:20Tweets of the day

David Millar ‏@millarmind
Beautiful morning in Paris-Nice. I can't truly express how happy that makes me.

tom danielson ‏@tomdanielson
Paris-nice = hard. Paris-nice in the rain= really hard. Winning a stage in Paris-nice in the rain= really, really, really hard. @andrewtalansky you are a bad man!

Peter Velits ‏@petervelits
First rainy day here in P-N. Feel like a sponge right now. So far the team is riding well. ‪@chava_sylvain‬ and me in top...

11:19Voeckler joins the break

France's Thomas Voeckler (EUC) has joined the three escapees. Four men are in the front, with a 20 seconds lead over the main pack.

11:17Dropped in the climb

A few riders are dropped in the first climb of the day, including green jersey holder Elia Viviani (CAN) and David Millar (GRS).

11:16Three on the move

Km 8 - Three riders attacked: Javier Moreno (MOV), Gianni Meersman (OPQ) and Johan Tschopp (IAM).

11:13Tulik gives up

Angelo Tulik (EUC) just gave up.

11:12Keizer tries his luck

Km 7 - An attempt took place including polka-dot jersey holder Martijn Keizer, but it was reined in.

11:03Morkov attacks

Dane Michael Morkov (TST) was the first rider on the move today. But he was reeled in straightaway.

11:02Start given

The actual start was given to 176 riders.

10:59Sprints of the day

Km 40.5 : La Chaise-Dieu
Km 157: St Romain-d'Ay

10:59Climbs of the day

 Km 11.5: Cote de Lachaud (2nd cat.)
Km 27.5: Cote de Condet (2nd cat.)
Km 87.5: Cote de la Chomasse (3rd cat.)
Km 105.5: Cote de Laprat (3rd cat.)
Km 136: Col du Rouvey (3rd cat.)
Km 176.5: Col de Talencieux (2nd cat.)
Km 191: Cote de la Sizeranne (2nd cat.)

10:58Team classification

Astana earned a just reward for their great teamwork in the finale of stage 3 by seizing the lead of the team classification ahead of AG2R La Mondiale and Omega Pharma Quick Step.

10:57Polka-dot jersey

Dutchman Martijn Keizer (VCD) took advantage of yesterday's breakaway to seize the polka dot jersey on 8 points. But the tall Vacansoleil rider is closely followed by some of the GC contenders - Andriy Grivko and David Lopez Garcia -  who should be again in sight on the last climbs of the day. Keizer will need to make the best of the first climbs on the stage menu to retain his garment.

10:57White jersey

The white jersey classification would make a decent final result to this edition with Andrew Talansky leading compatriot Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) by 16 seconds while gifted Colombian climber Nairo Quintana (MOV) is third, 17 seconds behind.

10:56Green jersey

The points jersey remained on the back of Italy's Elia Viviani (CAN), who lost ground in the first climbs of the Race to the Sun but still holds a solid 12 points lead over Slovenia's Borut Bozic (AST) while France's Sylvain Chavanel is third, 17 points behind the Cannondale sprinter.

10:55Yellow jersey

Andrew Talansky (GRS) became the fourth Yellow Jersey holder in four days on this edition of Paris-Nice thanks to his swashbuckling victory in Brioude in stage 3. The young American leads two of his breakaways companions in yesterday's finale, Ukraine's Andriy Grivko and Italy's David Malacarne, by three seconds.  Once again, the race lead hangs by a thread and another change of hands is not to be ruled out.

10:54They all start

176 riders signed the start list this morning as the peloton is heading towards kilometre 0.

10:53Le Mevel crashes on way to real start

Christophe Le Mevel (COF) crashed as the peloton are leading towards the real start. Nothing serious.

10:40Welcome on Stage 4

Weclome on th 4th stage of Paris - Nice between Brioude and St Vallier (199.5 kms).


Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7


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