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...read more
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.
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)
|15:56||Top 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)
|15:52||Bohanni wins the first stage|
Already winner of the second stage last year, Nacer Bouhanni (FSJ) wins the first stage in Nemours.
|15:51||Unde the red flame|
and Giant Shimano still leading the way for the final sprint.
|15:49||3 kms to go|
and the chasing group are 40 seconds behind the main bunch, led by Giant Shimano.
|15:46||Giant Shimano now leading the way|
With 5 kms to go, Giant Shimano have seized the reins, leading the way for John Degenkolb.
|15:45||Bardet 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.
|15:43||Belkin 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.
|15:38||Voeckler 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.
|15:33||Schleck among the riders held|
Andy Schleck (TFR) was also among the riders held back by the crash in a group lying 25 seconds adrift.
Some 20 riders including Frenchman Romain Bardet (ALM) were held by a pile-up (km 136).
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.
|15:13||Result of the second intermediate sprint|
Result of the second intermediate sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie (km 129.5)
|15:06||Third 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.
|15:05||Sciandri - 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".
Christophe Laborie (BSE) has been caught after a 109-kms solo break.
His polka-dot jersey secured, Christophe Laborie (BSE) now relaxes and the peloton are only 15 seconds behind with 50 kms to go.
|14:47||Laborie 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.
|14:45||Results at the top of Cote de Vert|
Results at the top of Cote de Vert (km 40.5, 3rd cat.)
|14:41||Van Garderen cites stomach problems|
Team BMC announced that Tejay van Garderen had called it quits because of stomach problems.
|14:38||Bouhanni 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.
|14:25||Laborie crosses the line again|
Christophe Laborie (BSE) crossed the line for the second time (km 96), 3:50 before the peloton.
|14:19||Gap down to 4:30|
Km 87 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) now leads the peloton by 4:30.
|14:09||Second hour average speed|
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 40 kph. The overall average speed was 39.9 kph.
Another crash took place in the peloton involving Vasil Kiryienka (SKY), Mattia Cattaneo and Jose Serpa (both Lampre).
|13:58||Van Garderen quits|
Team BMC leader Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has called it quits (km 71).
|13:57||Bouhanni treated after crash|
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) has been treated by the race doctor for bruises to his left knee.
|13:51||Bouhanni back on his bike|
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is back on his bike and chasing after the main pack.
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.
|13:46||Result in the first sprint (corrected)|
Results in the sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie (km 63):
|13:43||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. Tom Boonen (OPQ) 1 sec and 1 pt
|13:36||White 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.
|13:23||Gap stable at 9 minutes|
Km 50 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) leads the main pack by nine minutes.
|13:17||Sprinters teams chasing|
Teams with sprinters are leading the peloton: Giant Shimano, FDJ or Orica Greenedge are taking turns at the front of the pack.
|13:12||Results at the top of Cote de Vert|
Results at the top of Cote de Vert (km 40.5, 3rd cat.)
The average speed after the first hours in the stage was 39.8 kph
|12:58||Laborie is in the first climb|
Christophe Laborie (BSE) is in the first ascent of the day, Cote de Vert (km 39.5).
|12:43||Giant Shimano lead the chase|
Km 23.5 - The bunch is led by Giant Shimano riders, 10:45 behind leader Chritophe Laborie (BSE).
|12:39||Gap over ten minutes|
Km 20 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) takes his lead up to 10:15.
|12:38||Hubert - 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 www.letour.fr
|12:32||Quotes at the start|
Letour.fr talked to some of the pre-race favorites at the start in Mantes-la-Jolie:
|12:26||Gap keeps going up|
Km 13 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) keeps increasing the gap. He now leads the peloton by 7:30.
|12:19||Five minutes gap|
Km 9 - Christophe Laborie (BSE) now leads the main bunch by five minutes.
|12:17||In the press today (2)|
L'Equipe awarded their stars to the leading favourites as follows.
|12:16||Laborie 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?
|12:10||Laborie increases lead|
Km 7 - Christophe Laborie (BSE), who attacked from the flag, now leads the peloton by 2:50.
|12:08||In 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.
Km 3 - The lead of Christophe Laborie (BSE) rises to 1:35.
|12:04||Gap up to 35 seconds|
Km 2 - Chirstophe Laborie (BSE) leads the poloton by 35 seconds.
|12:03||Hard luck for Farrar?|
American Tyler Farrar (GRS) is wearing is number 13 bib upside down.
|12:00||Laborie first on the move|
First attack of this Paris-Nice by France's Christophe Laborie (BSE). He leads the bunch by 15 seconds.
The start was given at 11:58 to 168 riders. The weather is sunny and mild.
|11:47||Oldest 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.
|11:38||Cimbs of the day|
Km 40.5 - Cote de Vert (3rd cat)
|11:37||Sprints of the day|
1st passage on the line (km 63)
|11:29||Welcome 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 www.letour.fr.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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