Sunday March 9th, 2014

Stage 1Mantes-la-Jolie / Mantes-la-Jolie

Start 12h00 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary09.03.2014 in 16:28Bouhanni, a story of wins and crashes

Nacer Bouhanni has an eventful relationship with Paris-Nice. Last year, the FDJ ace sprinter crashed out of the race on the third day with the leader's jersey on his back after winning the first stage. On Sunday by the banks of the Seine, he crashed and spent some time with the race doctor along the 162-kms of the circuit stage of the day before surging to outsprint the rest of the field on the line in Mantes-la-Jolie ahead of Germany's John Degenkolb and Belgium's Gianni Meersman. On sheer...

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interview09.03.2014 in 16:51Christophe Laborie - I'll see how I feel at the end of the week

A 109-kms solo helped Christophe Laborie clinch the polka-dot jersey he is almost certain to retain at the end of the second stage with only one third category comb on the stage menu.

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interview09.03.2014 in 16:38Bouhanni - Paris-Nice and me is a long story!

Despite crashing and hurting his knee, Nacer Bouhanni won the 1st stage in Mantes-la-Jolie and avenged his tragic withdrawal a year ago with the yellow jersey on his back.

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16:00Classement général

Leading overall standings after Stage 1:

1. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra, FDJ)

2. Gianni Meersman (Bel, OPQ)

3. John Degenkolb (Ger, GIA)

4. Greg Van Acermaet (Bel, BMC)

5. Geraint Thomas (Britain, Sky)

15:56Top five placings

Results in the 162.5-kms first stage of Paris-Nice around Mantes-la-Jolie:

1. Nacer Bouhanni (France, FDJ)

2. John Degenkolb (Germany, GIA)

3. Gianni Meersman (Belgium, OPQ)

4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain, MOV)

5. Tyler Farrar (U.S., GRS)

15:52Bohanni wins the first stage

Already winner of the second stage last year, Nacer Bouhanni (FSJ) wins the first stage in Nemours.

15:51Unde the red flame

and Giant Shimano still leading the way for the final sprint.

15:493 kms to go

and the chasing group are 40 seconds behind the main bunch, led by Giant Shimano.

15:46Giant Shimano now leading the way

With 5 kms to go, Giant Shimano have seized the reins, leading the way for John Degenkolb.

15:45Bardet back in the first chasing bunch

While Romain Bardet made it back in the Gerrans and Voeckler group, 38 seconds from the leading pack, Andy Schleck has been dropped.

15:43Belkin lead the peloton

Five Belkin riders are leading the peloton with 12 kms to go. The lead of the main pack over the first chasing bunch is 30 seconds.

15:38Voeckler and Gerrans also held back

Among the leaders held back in a first bunch are also Simon Gerrans (OGE) and Thomas Voeckler (EUC), 28 seconds adrift. The Romain Bardet group are some 50 seconds behind the main pack.

15:33Schleck among the riders held

Andy Schleck (TFR) was also among the riders held back by the crash in a group lying 25 seconds adrift.

15:29Another pile-up

Some 20 riders including Frenchman Romain Bardet (ALM) were held by a pile-up (km 136).

15:19Monfort crashes

Maxime Monfort (LTB) crashed and halted a few other riders but they are all back on their bikes. In the meantime former breakaway leader Christiphe Laborie (BSE) has been dropped.

15:13Result of the second intermediate sprint

Result of the second intermediate sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie (km 129.5)
1. Gianni Meersman (OPQ) 3 secs and 3 points
2. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) 2 secs and 2 pts
3. Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) 1 sec and 1 pt

15:06Third hour average speed

The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 38.8 kph for an overall average speed of 39.8 kph.

15:05Sciandri - A big disappointment

Team BMC director Max Sciandri confirmed that Tejay van Garderen was forced out of Paris-Nice with stomach problems and called the withdrawal "a big disappointment".
"He was feeling unwell but we hoped that he would be able to make it to the finish as it was an easy stage. He just couldn't. It was on his priority list so it's a big disappointment. He's now going home and will have to reassess the situation. Catalunya should be his next race, "Sciandri said.
"We still have a few...

14:51Laborie caught

Christophe Laborie (BSE) has been caught after a 109-kms solo break.

14:50Laborie relaxes

His polka-dot jersey secured, Christophe Laborie (BSE) now relaxes and the peloton are only 15 seconds behind with 50 kms to go.

14:47Laborie takes mountain jersey

Christophe Laborie (BSE), first at the top of the two ascents of Cote de Vert (3rd cat), will hold the polka-dot jersey at the end of the stage.

14:45Results at the top of Cote de Vert

Results at the top of Cote de Vert (km 40.5, 3rd cat.)
1. Christophe Laborie (BSE) 4 points
2. Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM) 2 pts, 1:45 behind
3. Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) 1

14:41Van Garderen cites stomach problems

Team BMC announced that Tejay van Garderen had called it quits because of stomach problems.

14:38Bouhanni calls the doctor again

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), who crashed after 66 kms, has called the race doctor again to receive treatment for his ailing left knee.

14:25Laborie crosses the line again

Christophe Laborie (BSE) crossed the line for the second time (km 96), 3:50 before the peloton.

14:19Gap down to 4:30

Km 87 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) now leads the peloton by 4:30.

14:09Second hour average speed

The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 40 kph. The overall average speed was 39.9 kph.

14:02Another crash

Another crash took place in the peloton involving Vasil Kiryienka (SKY), Mattia Cattaneo and Jose Serpa (both Lampre).

13:58Van Garderen quits

Team BMC leader Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has called it quits (km 71).

13:57Bouhanni treated after crash

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) has been treated by the race doctor for bruises to his left knee.

13:51Bouhanni back on his bike

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is back on his bike and chasing after the main pack. 

13:49Bouhanni crashes

A crash in the peloton involved France's Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ). The former French champion had crashed out of Paris-Nice last season as he was leading the race.

13:46Result in the first sprint (corrected)

Results in the sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie (km 63):
1. Christophe Laborie (BSE)                      3 seconds and 3 points
2. Gianni Meersman (OPQ) 7:05 behind    2 sec and 2 pts
3. Geraint Thomas (SKY)                          1 sec and 1 point

13:43Results in the sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie (km 63):

1. Christophe Laborie (BSE)                      3 seconds and 3 points

2. Gianni Meersman (OPQ) 7:05 behind    2 sec and 2 pts

3. Tom Boonen (OPQ)   1 sec and 1 pt   

13:36White jersey contenders

36 riders will compete for the white jersey in this Paris-Nice. The oldest of them is Germany's John Degenkolb (GIA), one of the favorites in case of s aspirant finish today.

13:23Gap stable at 9 minutes

Km 50 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) leads the main pack by nine minutes.

13:17Sprinters teams chasing

Teams with sprinters are leading the peloton: Giant Shimano, FDJ or Orica Greenedge are taking turns at the front of the pack.

13:12Results at the top of Cote de Vert

Results at the top of Cote de Vert (km 40.5, 3rd cat.)
1. Christophe Laborie (BSE) 4 points
2. Simon Yates (OGE) 2 pts        9:40 behind
3.  Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) 1

13:00Average speed

The average speed after the first hours in the stage was 39.8 kph

12:58Laborie is in the first climb

Christophe Laborie (BSE) is in the first ascent of the day, Cote de Vert (km 39.5).

12:43Giant Shimano lead the chase

Km 23.5 - The bunch is led by Giant Shimano riders, 10:45 behind leader Chritophe Laborie (BSE).

12:39Gap over ten minutes

Km 20 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) takes his lead up to 10:15.

12:38Hubert - Laborie won't be easy to catch

Bretagne Seche team director Emmanuel Hubert made it clear that the goal in sending Christophe Laborie upfront was to look for the mountain jersey: "It was the plan especially as the mountain jersey's sponsor is also our sponsor."

"It's looking alright but we'll take it each step at a time. Now beware, Christophe is a solid guy and he won't be that easy to catch," he told

12:32Quotes at the start talked to some of the pre-race favorites at the start in Mantes-la-Jolie:
For Orica-Greenedge leader Simon Gerrans, recent winner of the Tour Down Under : "It's a super open race. Hard to tell who can win when you look at the course".
2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck is also ambitious at the start of the new season: "I'm super motivated. I just need to be careful until day 4. Then a lot can happen".
France's Tony Gallopin is also coming of age and eager to do...

12:26Gap keeps going up

Km 13 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) keeps increasing the gap. He now leads the peloton by 7:30.

12:19Five minutes gap

Km 9 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) now leads the main bunch by five minutes.

12:17In the press today (2)

L'Equipe awarded their stars to the leading favourites as follows.
4 stars - Rui Costa, Vincenzo Nibali
3 stars - Sylvain Chavanel, Simon Gerrans, Tejay van Garderen
2 stars - Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet
1 star - Tony Gallopin, Carlos Betancur, Zdenek Stybar.

12:16Laborie going for the mountain jersey?

Laborie is in excellent form, having been crowned best climber in the the recent Laigueglia Trophy. His goal again here with the first climb in 30 kms?

12:10Laborie increases lead

Km 7 - Christophe Laborie (BSE), who attacked from the flag, now leads the peloton by 2:50.

12:08In the press today

In L'Equipe, Vincenzo Nibali explained that he opted for Paris-Nice to become familiar with French roads with the Tour de France in sight.  
"My main goals in the season will come later. Paris-Nice is a good test to know what my condition is," he said.
While admitting he was "not 100 percent yet" because of the recent birth of his baby daughter Emma, the Italian Astana team leader said it would be a wide open Race to the Sun.
"Things can happen everyday. There is no time...

12:06Lead increases

Km 3 - The lead of Christophe Laborie (BSE) rises to 1:35.

12:04Gap up to 35 seconds

Km 2 - Chirstophe Laborie (BSE) leads the poloton by 35 seconds.

12:03Hard luck for Farrar?

American Tyler Farrar (GRS) is wearing is number 13 bib upside down.

12:00Laborie first on the move

First attack of this Paris-Nice by France's Christophe Laborie (BSE). He leads the bunch by 15 seconds.

11:58Start given

The start was given at 11:58 to 168 riders. The weather is sunny and mild.

11:47Oldest and youngest in same team

The old man of the peloton in this edition is Germany's Danilo Hondo who is 40. The youngest is Luxemburg's Bob Jungels, also a member of the Trek Factory Racing team.

11:38Cimbs of the day

Km 40.5 - Cote de Vert (3rd cat)
Km 107 - Cote de Vert (3rd cat)

11:37Sprints of the day

1st passage on the line (km 63)
3d passage on the line (km 129.5)

11:29Welcome on the 1st stage

Welcome on the 162.5-km fist stage of Paris-Nice around Mantes-la-Jolie. 168 riders are expected at the start. Stay tuned to


Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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