While the weather might be just a little bit better on the road to Chalon-sur-Saone, riders will probably hope for the race to return to normal as well in the 190 km of reasonably flat terrain on the 3rd stage menu. They were all making it clear at the finish in Amilly that the starter to this 75th Paris-Nice had been a little bit too copious with echelons everyday, hectic paces and spectacular failures. After two days in the Race to the Sun, the peloton already lost Romain Bardet and Nacer Bouhanni, while Richie Porte's ambitions are now limited to a stage win after he lost 15 minutes to current race leader Arnaud Demare. Given his current form, the Frenchman looks set to retain his yellow jersey for another day and should the stage end in a real bunch sprint at last, he would again be the man to watch as he finished twice on the podium thus far. John Degenkolb, second in Amilly, showed commitment and ambition while Alexander Kristoff is among the other sprinters with enough condition not to lose ground on the second-category Cote de Charrecey 25 km from the finish line. Still sprinters might not necessarily have the final say in Chalon. Julian Alaphilippe, Tony Gallopin and Philippe Gilbert all displayed splendid form in those first two stages as well as a burning desire to outwit the fast finishers. A real surprise on this third stage would be for them to stay calmly in the peloton all day.
Back to normal?
Sporting stakes06.03.2017Stage 3- Chablis / Chalon-sur-Saône
Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgroghe) snatched the most significant victory in his career to date when he overpowered a world-class field of sprinters in the 190-km third stage of Paris-Nice on Tusday. The 26-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider surged at the right time to upstage Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Germany's John Degenkolb (Trek) and Marcel Kittel (Quick Step) while Australia's Michael Matthews was fifth. France's Arnaud Demare (FDJ) had to settle for sixth but he retain his...
"It was quieter today and it was a welcome rest because everybody was exhausted after the first two days. To be honest I don't know much about the time trial. I didn't check it yet and I will do it tonight. Of course I have ambitions. I'm second overall. But the only thing I know is that it's a 14-km TT finishing on Mont Brouilly and that it's very hard at the finish. I hope it'll suit my qualities."
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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