Wednesday March 6th, 2013

Stage 3Châtel-Guyon / Brioude

Start 11h55 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary06.03.2013 in 16:48Talansky, the new face of American cycling

American cycling still has a bright future ahead as Andrew Talansky showed when he surged in the final stretch of the third stage of Paris-Nice in Brioude to take the reins of the Race to the Sun. It was actually a race in the rain on the 170.5 kilometres from Chatel-Guyon and the Miami-born Talansky displayed his all-round skills to outsprint a group of seven escapees, who held the peloton at bay in the final ten kilometers.
The final second category climb was decisive but in its...

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interview06.03.2013 in 17:49Elia Viviani: "The green jersey is my new focus"

Italy's Elia Viviani swapped his yellow jersey for the green one and is intent on fighting hard to keep the garment which befits a sprinter like him.

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interview06.03.2013 in 17:12Talansky: "I think it's possible"

The fourth leader of Paris-Nice in four days, Andrew Talansky made it clear he had no intention to relinquish the Yellow Jersey and even contemplates keeping it all the way up Col d'Eze.

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Sporting stakes05.03.2013 in 18:31Here's to the punchers...

After two mass sprints, punchers will hope the first hills in this Paris-Nice will give them their turn in the limelight at the end of a shorter 170.5-kms third stage to Brioude. With only one 4th category bump in the first three stages of this edition, the two third category ascents and the second category Cote de Muvagnat 15 km from the finish line might boost ambitions and lead escapees to be more determined than they were so far in the race. Vacansoleil riders have been in all the break...

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16:10Talansky is the new Paris-Nice leader

Andrew Talansky (GRS) took the Yellow Jersey, with a three seconds lead over Andriy Grivko (AST).

16:07Top five results

Top five results in the 170.5-kms third stage of Paris-Nice between Chatel-Guyon and Brioude:

1. Andrew Talansky (U.S., GRS)

2. David Malacarne (Italy, EUC)

3. Gorka Iazaguirre (Spain, EUS)

4. David Lopez Garcia (Spain, SKY)

5. Richie Porte (Australia, SKY)

16:04Talansky wins stage 3

American Andrew Talansky (GRS) wisn the 170.5-kms third stage between Chatel-Guyon and Brioude.

16:03Malacarne attacks

As the seven hold the bunch at bay, Malacarne attacks.

16:01Chavanel takes his turn

Aware that he can seize the yellow jersey, Chavanel takes his turn to chase behind the break as Viviani is now 2:35 adrift.

16:00Gilbert lead the chase

World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is working very hard to bridge the gap with the seven escapees.

15:59Chavanel in the peloton

Unlike previously stated, Chavanel is in the main peloton chasing behind the seven escapees.

15:56Bozic and Chavanel at the back

Green jersey holder Borut Bozic and France's Sylvain Chavanel are trapped in a bunch at the back.

15:54Seven in the lead now...

... as David Lopez Garcia stopped to wait for Richie Porte (SKY), who comes back on the leading group with Andrew Talansky (GRS).

15:52Five in the lead

Grivko has been joined in the lead by local favourite Romain Bardet (ALT), David Lopez Garcia (SKY), Gorka Izaguirre (EUS) and David Malacarne (EUC).

15:50Two men in the lead

Ukraine's Andriy Grivko (AST) led the way at full speed in the descent with Vasili Kiryienka (SKY) but the Belarus rider crashed (Km 159)

15:47Viviani at the back

The Italian Yellow Jersey holder reached the top of Cote de Mauvagnat (Km 155) 1:22 behind the leaders.

15:45Sky again in the lead

Three Team Sky riders are now leading the bunch after reeling Iglinskiy in.

15:44Iglinskiy moves

Kazakh Maxim Iglinskiy (AST) attacks one kilometre from the summit. The 2012 Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner is the second Astana rider to attack on the last climb.

15:41Viviani is dropped

With 18 kms to go, Elia Viviani (CAN) is losing ground.

15:3720 kms to go...

... and Team Sky are now leading the way as the bunch tackle the last 2nd category climb, Cote de Mauvagnat.

15:36Kittel dropped

Stege 2 winner Marcel Kittel has been dropped as the road is going up.

15:34Puncture for Basso

Ivan Basso (CAN), who has been leading Elia Viviani all day, just punctured. But the former Giro winner is quickly back in the race.

15:32Break over

Km 148 - The peloton is making it back on the four escapees.

15:30Latest gap

As the race tackles the last climb, the gap is under 30 seconds.

15:28Omega Pharma Quick Step lead the chase

Impressive work by Tom Boonen and his team-mates. Philippe Gilbert's BMC are not far either.

15:26Latest gap

Km 142.5 - On the sprint line, Minard, Christensen, Vuillermoz and Keizer lead the bunch by 1:15.

15:25First passage in Brioude

Brioude was the start of a stage to Aurillac in the 2008 Tour de France, won by Luis Leon Sanchez.

15:24Sprint result

Result of the second intermediate sprint in Brioude (Km 142.5)
1. Christensen 3 points, 3 secs
2. Minard 2 points, 2 secs
3. Vuillermoz 1 point, 1 sec.

15:2130 kms to go...

... for the leading four and the gap has now gone down to two minutes. Maxime Monfort (RLT) is leading the peloton.

15:19RadioShack take their turn

Two RadioShack riders have now taken their turn at the front of the peloton.

15:15Boonen still leads the peloton

Tom Boonen (OPQ) still sets the tempo at the front of the bunch, making these Paris-Nice stages a great preparation for the upcoming classics.

15:1340 kms to go...

... and the gap goes under three minutes - 2:50

14:59Average speed

The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 39.8 kph. The overall average speed so far is 40.7 kph.

14:52Boonen leading peloton again

Like yesterday, Omega Pharma Quick Step are taking their share of the chase and Tom Boonen is again hyperactive in the front.

14:51Van der Schueren: "The polka-dot was only our first goal"

Vacansoleil team director Hilaire Van der Schueren told that the polka-dot jersey was one of his team's objectives but not the only one: "It was our first goal because we are here to do the race and for the publicity. But our main goal is to win a stage. Yesterday we tried to create echelons but we failed as the FDJ team reacted well. We are going to see how it works now with the break. We don't know whether it will still be ahead in the last climb but we have several options in...

14:34Gap goes down

Km 103 - The four escapees lead the peloton by 3:20.

14:26Result on the Cote de la Foret de Comte

Result at the top of the 3rd category Cote de la Foret de la Comte (km 95.5)
1.  Keizer 4 points
2.  Vuillermoz 2 points
3.  Minard 1 point

The peloton 3:40 behind

14:26The polka-dot jersey, a Vacansoleil property

Dutch team Vacansoleil made the Paris-Nice polka-dot jersey a speciality. They won it last year with Frederik Veuchelen and held it throughout the race expect for one day. They kept it this year with Bert-Jan Lindeman and Martijn Keizer is now well placed to keep it in the family…

14:04Result at the top of the 3rd category Col de Potey (km 85.5)

1.  Keizer 4 points
2.  Vuillermoz 2 points
3.  Christensen1 point

14:02Average speed

The average speed after two hours in the stage is 41.15 kph.

14:01Latest gap

Km 80 - Minard, Christensen, Keizer and Vuillermoz lead the peloton by 3:50.

13:53Marie: "We count more on Albasini than Gerrans for GC"

Orica-Greenedge Team director Lionel Marie told that the Australian team was probably counting more on Swiss Michael Albasini than on Simon Gerrans for the general classification on this Paris-Nice. "It's Simon's return race after Australia and even though his condition is very good, he's here to prepare for the Ardennes classics and especially Liege-Bastogne-Liege which is one of his main objectives this season. So for the GC here, I would go more for Albasini than Gerrans",...

13:36Gap stable

Km 65 - The lead of the breakaway group is stable at 4:05.

13:09Gap up to four minutes

Km 48 - Christensen, Minard, Keizer and Vuilermoz lead the peloton by four minutes.

12:59Average speed

The average speed on the first hour of the stage was 43.7 kph.

12:58Happy Birthday Servais Knaven

Sky team director on this Paris-Nice, Servais Knaven is 42 today. wishes a happy birthday to the 2001 Paris-Roubaix winner. 

12:53Gap goes up again

KM 36 - The gap between Minard, Christensen, Vuillermoz, Keizer and the peloton goes up again: 3:00

12:46Latest gap

On the sprint line (Km 34), the peloton is trailing the break by 2:40.

12:44Sprint result

Result of the first intermediate sprint in Joze (Km 34):
1. Christensen  3 points, 3 secs
2. Vuillermoz 2 points, 2 secs
3. Keizer 1 points, 1 sec

12:36Latest gap

Km 25 - Minard, Keizer, Christensen and Vuillermoz lead the bunch by 3:10. Cannondale are leading the peloton.

12:35About Vuillermoz

Neo-pro Alexis Vuillermoz (SOJ) is better known as a mountain bike specialist. With several French cross-country titles in the youth ranks, he was silver medallist at the under-23 worlds in 2009. He rides in his first World Tour race.  

12:34About Christensen

Mads Christensen (TST), 28, was already in a break yesterday. A multiple Danish TT champion in the junior ranks, he was the best climber in the 2012 Tour of the Basque country.

12:33About Keizer

Martijn Keizer (VCD), 24,  was Dutch time trial champion several times in the youth ranks. He won the Boucles de l'Aulne in 2011.  In 2013, he finished 9th in the time trial of the Ruta del Sol.

12:33About Minard

Sebastien Minard (ALM), 30, won a stage in the 2005 Tour de l'Avenir and scored his best win to date in Paris-Camembert in 2010.

12:26Gap keeps increasing

Km 20 - The four escapees led the main pack 2:45

12:20Latest gap

Km 14 - Keizer, Minard, Vuillermoz and Christensen lead the peloton by 2:15.

12:13Latest gap

KM 11 - The four lead the peloton by 55 seconds.

12:10Logical break

Such a break was to be expected. Since the start, there was a Vacansoleil rider in every move while AG2R and Sojasun also placed riders in the breaks of stage 1 and 2. As for Mads Christensen, he was already an escapee yesterday.

12:07Latest gap

KM 7 - The four escapees now lead the peloton by 20 seconds.

12:06Four in the front

Four riders broke clear at kilometer 3. They were Martijn Keizer (VCD), Sébastien Minard (ALM) , Mads Christensen (TST) and Alexis Vuillermoz (SOJ).

11:58Start given

The start was given at 11:57 to 176 riders.

11:55In the press today

L'Equipe gives details about the extent of Nacer Bouhanni's injuries. He was sent to a hospital in Clermont-Ferrand for further X-ray checks. Diagnosis: eight stitches to the upper lip, two broken teeth, facial wounds and bruised ribs. His participation to Milan-San Remo in ten days is in doubt.

Brioude-born Romain Bardet told Radio France Bleu Auvergne: "It's a great emotion to ride on home roads. I hope my knowledge of the terrain will help my team-mates do well on this treacherous...

11:53Tweets of the day

ELIA VIVIANI ‏@eliaviviani
‪#ParisNice‬ stage 3 rain and first climbs! Rainy day, lucky day? We'll see…

jose joaquin rojas ‏@jjrojillas
A typical Paris-Nice day with cold and rain all day, we'll have to keep a brave face and give it our best shot!

PHILIPPE GILBERT ‏@PhilippeGilbert
Stage 3! Some rain today! And a nice final. Technical !

Romain Bardet ‏@romainbardet
Playing at home today! Rain and small Auvergne roads should provide...

11:50Team classification

Omega Pharma Quick Step keep their six seconds lead over teams Blanco and Europcar.

11:49White jersey

Last in Elia Viviani's collection of jerseys is the best young rider's white. But the garment will be on the back of Wilco Kelderman (BLA) in stage 3. The Dutchman lies 10 seconds adrift, level on time with France's Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ).

11:48Polka-dot jersey

With only one climb since the start of this Paris-Nice, Bert-Jan Lindeman (VCD) retains the polka-dot jersey ahead of Yannick Talabardon (SOJ) and Romain Sicard (EUS). But his garment will be seriously contested today on the three climbs on the menu of stage 3.  

11:47Green jersey

Elia Viviani (CAN) also leads the points classification on 55 points, ahead of Slovenian Borut Bozic (AST), on 43 points, while previous leader Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) now lies third on 38 points. Bozic will wear the jersey between Chatel-Guyon and Brioude.

11:46Yellow jersey

Elia Viviani (CAN) seized the reins in the general classification thanks to his second place in stage 2 behind Marcel Kittel and his victory in the last intermediate sprint in Cerilly. The Italian puts an end to the French rule on this Paris-Nice and leads two home riders, Sylvain Chavanel by seven seconds and prologue winner Damien Gaudin by eight.

11:45Climbs of the day

Km 85: Col de Potey (3rd cat.)
Km 95.5: Cote de la Foret de la Comte (3rd cat)
Km 155: Cote de Mauvagnat (2nd cat)

11:44Sprints of the day

Km 34: Joze
Km 142.5: Brioude

11:43Heading for the real start

176 riders are heading towards the real start. Jose Ivan Guttierez (MOV) did not start.

11:40Rain on the race

It is rainings cats and dogs at the start in Chatel-Guyon. But the rain has stopped on the finish line in Brioude. Still clouds will be hanging over the peloton all day.

11:39Welcome on stage 3

Welcome on the 170.5-kms third stage of Paris-Nice between Chatel-Guyon and Brioude.


Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7


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