Stage summary11.03.2014 in 16:45Degenkolb right on track at last
It was third time lucky for John Degenkolb in Magny-Cours on Tuesday, when the German powered his way to his first victory on Paris-Nice in the 180-kms third stage after two second places in the previous finishes of this edition.read more
interview11.03.2014 in 16:55Degenkolb - Everything worked perfectly
"I tried two times and failed but today everything worked perfectly. Compared to the previous days, we were not too nervous because there was enough space to move out. Everything went really well. The other days, there was always something missing. I'm really happy to get this victory for my team because they supported me like always in a perfect way. Nobody in the world would ever want to give up a yellow jersey. It's a great satisfaction because it has a Tour de France flavor. We will try...read more
Sporting stakes10.03.2014 in 17:18Sprinters on track for another fast finale
While finishes on motor-racing tracks are nothing new in cycling, it will be a first on Paris-Nice when the peloton makes it to Magny-Cours at the end of today's 180-km third stage. Obviously, the home of the French Grand Prix between 1991 and 2008 will be an ideal terrain for the fastest men in the bunch and they are nowhere easily identified after two stages ending up on mass sprints. John Degenkolb obviously has a revenge to take after finishing second twice since the Race to the Sun took...read more
|16:13||Top five overall standings|
Top five overall standings in Paris-Nice after stage 3:
1. John Degenkolb (GIA)
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FSJ) 8 secs behind
3. Moreno Hofland (BEL) 12 secs
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV) 18 secs
5. Geraint Thomas (SKY) 21 secs
|16:10||Top five placings|
Top 5 placings in the 180-kms third stage of Paris-Nice between Toucy and Nevers-Magny-Cours:
2. Matt Goss (Ausralia, OGE)
|16:08||Degenkolb wins in Magny-Cours|
Germany's John Degenkolb (GIA) won the 18kms 3rd stage of Paris-Nice in Magny-Cours.
|16:07||Under the red fame|
Giant Shimano still lead under the red flame.
|16:06||Quemeneur reined in|
Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) has been reeled in with two kilometres to go until the finish line.
|16:05||Giant Shimano lead chase into the race track|
On the Magny-Cours circuit, Giant Shimano take the reins, 15 seconds behind Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) (km 177).
|16:02||5 kms to go...|
... and Quemeneur now only leads the peloton by 25 seconds as he rides onto the Magny-Cours racing track.
With 7 kms to go, Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) keeps a 45 seconds lead over the pack, led by riders from Team Sky.
|15:59||Feillu and Fouchard reined in|
Romain Feillu (BSE) and Julien Fouchard (COF) have been caught by the peloton (km 171). Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) leads the bunch by 40 seconds.
Perigg Quemeneur (EUC) now leads his former breakaway companions by 20 seconds and the peloton by 40 seconds.
|15:55||Quemeneur on his own|
With 11 kms to go, as the gap was trimmed down to 30 seconds, Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) went away on his own.
|15:49||FDJ, Astana and SKY lead the chase|
FDJ, Astana and SKY lead the chase as the gap with the three escapees goes under the minute with 15 kms to go.
|15:47||20 kms to go...|
... and the gap between Quemeneur, Feillu and Fouchard has been cut down to 1:15.
|15:37||25 kms to go...|
... and the three escapees lead the peloton by 1:30.
|15:36||Coquard - "I didn't sprint yet"|
Interviewed by France Television, France's Bryan Coquard (EUC), who twice finished 6th, said he had not yet had the chance to really sprint.
|15:19||Result of the second sprint|
Result of the second intermediate sprint in La Machine (Km 141):
The peloton 2:10 behind.
|15:16||40 kms to go...|
... and the trio lead the peloton by 2:05.
Km 136 - Quemeneur (EUC), Fouchard (COF) and Romain Feillu (BSE) lead the peloton by 1:50.
|15:04||50 kms to go...|
And the gap between Quemeneur (EUC), Fouchard (COF), Feillu (BSE) and the peloton is 1:40.
Julien Fouchard (COF) punctured but his two breakaway companions wait for him to close the gap.
|14:49||Rous - "Three is not enough"|
Cofidis Team director Didier Rous, who has Julien Fouchard in the day's breakaway, told www.letour.fr the move had few chances with only three riders in it.
|14:44||The race in St Saulge|
The race is ins St Saulge (km 113.5) home to two French championships in 1990 and 1991, won by Philippe Louviot and Armand de las Cuevas.
The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 38.6 kph and the overall speed was 37.7 kph.
|14:13||Gap in the feeding zone|
At the feeding zone (Km 93), the gap again grows to 2:00 as the peloton relaxes a little to pick their bags.
|14:10||Hubert - "We need to take chances"|
Bretagne Seche team manager Emmanuel Hubert told www.letour.fr why his riders were involved in breaks each day.
|14:01||Lead down to 1:35|
As a result of the acceleration by Omega Pharma Quick Step, the gap between the bunch and the escapees - Quemeneur, Fouchard and Feillu - has gone down to 1:35.
|13:59||Peloton speeds up|
The peloton, led by riders from team Omega Pharma Quick Step, has raised the tempo and the lead of the three escapees has gone down to 2:20 (km 83).
|13:48||Result of the first sprint|
Result of the first intermediate sprint in Varzy (Km 78):
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 36.5 kph. The overall speed since the start was 37.3 kph.
|13:41||Results on Cote de la Chapelle Saint-Andre|
Results on Cote de la Chapelle Saint-Andre (km 74, 3rd cat):
Both the escapees and the peloton take it relatively leisurely on the flat roads leading to Nevers, hence the steady gap, which dropped down a bit to 2:15 (km 65).
|13:38||Sunny weather on the race|
It is sunny and warm on the road of Paris-Nice: 17 degrees C at present.
|13:31||Stage winners in Nevers|
1934 : Jules Merviel ; 1936 : Felicien Vervaecke ; 1937 : A.Beckaert ; 1938 : Pierre Jaminet ; Roger Lapebie ; 1951 : Lucien Teisseire ; 1953 : Roger Bertaz ; 1954 : Raoul Remy ; 1955 : Jean Bobet ; 1968 : Walter Godefroot ; 1990 : Etienne de Wilde ; 1991 : équipe Toshiba ; 1992 : Mario Cipollini ; 1993 : Mario Cipollini ; 1994 : Fabio Baldato ; 1998 : Tom Steels ; 1999 : Jan Kirsipuu ; 2000 : Jan Kirsipuu ; 2001 : Nico Mattan ; 2008 : Gert...
|13:21||Steegmans in 2008|
In the last stage to finish in Nevers, Gert Steegmans surged in the final kilometre to win ahead of Jerome Pineau and Thor Hushovd. The three are still in the race today. In contrast to this year, the 2008 stage had been cut down by 94 km because of the cold. But like in this year's edition, the following stage, also won by Steegmans, was also finishing in Belleville.
|13:06||FFDJ still lead the bunch|
Three riders from Nacer Bouhanni's FDJ.fr team lead the peloton, maintaining the lead under three minutes (2:45 at kilometre 50).
The average speed in the first hour of the stage was 38.1 kph.
|12:40||Gap stable at 3:10|
Km 34 - Perrig Quemeneur (EUC), Julien Fouchard (COF) and Romain Feillu (BSE) lead the peloton by 3:10.
|12:33||Degenkolb the specialist?|
John Degenkolb (GIA) already won a mass sprint on a motor-racing track in the 2012 Vuelta on the Alcaniz circuit. In the same stage, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) finished fourth.
|12:26||Past stages on racing tracks|
Paris-Nice only visited a race track once before in 1981 when Tommy Prim won a stage at Le Castellet. The Tour de France also held stages on motor-racing circuits frequently in the past. The Monthlery track near Paris was home to 23 French championships between 1928 and 1997 and its main ascent bears the name of cycling legend Octave Lapize. The Spa-Francorchamps track held two Tour stages won by Bernard Hinault in 1980 and Raul Alcala in1989 while the 2012 Tour rode past the Belgian...
|12:21||FDJ.fr controls the bunch|
The FDJ.fr team of race leader Nacer Bouhanni are controllng the bunch and keeping the escapees within reach. From 3:10, their lead dropped to 2:45 at kilometre 21.
|12:09||Gap up to 3:10|
Km 16.5 - Quemeneur (EUC, Fouchard (COF) and Romain Feillu (BSE) lead the peloton by 3:10.
|12:05||The race in St Fargeau|
The race is in St Fargeau (km 16.5), home to a Tour de France stage win by Mark Cavendish in 2009.
|11:56||Gap up to 2:00|
Km 7.5 - Quemeneur (EUC), Fouchard (COF) and Feillu (BSE) now lead the peloton by two minutes.
|11:54||Quotes at the start|
France's Bryan Coquard (EUC), one of his country fastest men was just a little short to contend for the podium places in stages 1 and 2 and he's hoping for a better fate in Magny-Cours: "I was twice 6th. It's good but not good enough," he said.
|11:51||In the press today|
In l'Equipe, Bretagne Seche staff and riders explain how the announcement of their selection for the Tour de France changed their perspective.
|11:49||Gap reached one minute|
Km 4 - The leading trio now lead the peloton by one minute.
|11:48||Three men on the move|
Km 2.5 - Three riders broke clear – Perrig Quemeneur (EUC), Julien Fouchard (COF) and Romain Feillu (BSE).
The start was given at 11:40 to 164 riders.
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) retained his yellow jersey thanks to his third place in stage 2. The Frenchman leads John Degenkolb (GIA) by two seconds while second stage winner Moreno Hofland (BEL) lies third, four seconds behind. With another bunch sprint finish likely on the Magny-Cours race track, the three should again battle it out for the overall lead in the finale.
|11:32||Climbs of the day|
Km 74 - Cote de la Chapelle Saint-Andre (3rd cat)
|11:31||Sprints of the day|
Km 78 - Varzy
|11:30||164 riders at the start|
164 riders are starting stage 3. Gianni Meersman (OPQ), Lars Boom (BEL) and Kris Boeckmans (LTB) do not start.
|11:27||Lars Boom out too|
Lars Boom, involved in the same crash as Gianni Meersman, is also out of the race with a fractured elbow, his team Belkin said. The Dutchman won the Paris-Nice prologue in 2010 and a as a result held the race yellow jersey.
Involved in a crash in stage 2, Belgium's Giani Meersman was forced to call it quits and leave Paris-Nice.
|11:20||Welcome to the third stage|
Welcome to the 180-km third stage of ¨Paris-Nice between Toucy and the Magny-Cours race track. Stay tuned to www.letour.fr
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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