Wednesday March 12th, 2014

Stage 4Nevers / Belleville

Start 10h45 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary12.03.2014 in 16:30Thomas shows he was no second-choice leader

They might have seemed unexpected leaders at the start but Geraint Thomas and Tom-Jelte Slagter proved the skeptics wrong in the decisive 201.5-kms 4th stage of Paris-Nice to Beleville on Wednesday.

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interview12.03.2014 in 16:53Thomas - Let me enjoy that day in yellow

"It's unbelievable. I only learnt Friday before the race I was going to lead the team. Paris-Nice is one of the biggest stage race in the world behind the Tour de France and the Giro. To hold the yellow jersey is great and I'm very happy. I obviously received great support from the team. It's a different pressure because you don't want to let them down. I knew anyway that if I had been helping Richie I would have played a role here anyway. But the fact that he went to Tirreno was a great...

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interview12.03.2014 in 16:39Slagter - It was the job I had to do

"I can't believe it because this is the first race of my season after one day in Mallorca. But it was really hectic in the last few days and you can feel how good you are. Today was the best possibility for me. That climb suits me really well but to win the stage is something I didn't expect. I knew Geraint Thomas is pretty good, he is fast and strong and a very good rider. I knew that if I wanted to beat him I had to wait for the right moment but it worked perfectly. It was the job I had to...

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Sporting stakes11.03.2014 in 17:36Anything is possible

Appearances should not allays be trusted. Paris-Nice finishes in Belleville so far mostly crowned ace sprinters like Fabio Baldato, Gert Steegmans, Robbie McEwen or Tom Boonen. But the course of today's 4th stage is entirely different making anything possible in the vineyards of the Beaujolais. The addition of hills and bumps in the last 60 kilometres offers plenty of opportunities for the bold and ambitious to try their luck from afar. A long break or a show of strength by the favourites on...

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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