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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
|15:51||Top five overall standings|
Top five overall standings after stage 4:
1. Geraint Thomas (SKY)
2. John Degenkolb (GIA) 3 seconds behind
3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (OGE) 4 secs
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV) 8 secs
5. Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R) 12 secs
|15:50||Top 5 placings|
Top Five placings in the 201.5-km stage 4 of Paris-Nice.
1. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands, GRS)
2. Geraint Thomas (Britain, SKY)
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands, BEL)
4. Michael Matthews (Australia, OGE)
5. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic, OPQ)
|15:46||Slagter wins stage 4|
Ducthman Tom-Jelte Slagter (GRS) won the 201.5-km 4th stage of Paris-Nice in Belleville. Geraint Thomas (SKY) was second and Wilko Kelderman (BEL) was third.
|15:44||Under the red flame|
Thomas and Slagter still lead, followed by Wilco Keldermann (BEL).
|15:43||2 kms to go...|
... and only 10 seconds left for Thomas (SKY) and Slagter (GRS) over the Nibali group.
Vincenzo Nibali (AST) is chasing behind the two escapees with 3 kms to go.
|15:41||20 seconds left|
Slagter (GRS) and Thomas (SKY) hold a 20 seconds lead over a first chasing group including Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Romain Bardet and Carlos Betancur (AG2R), Vincenzo Nibali (AST) and Rui Costa (LAM). The yellow jersey group is 35 seconds adrift. A group with Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) is 1:05 off the pace.
|15:34||Slagter and Thomas in the lead|
Tom Slagter (GRS) and Geraint Thomas (SKY) lead the race with 10 kms to go. The yellow jersey group is 35 seconds adrift.
|15:32||Results on Mont Brouilly|
Results in the 2nd category Cote de Mont-Brouilly (Km 187)
2. Geraint Thomas (SKY) 5 points
3. Wilco Keldermann (BEL) 3 points
4. Jon Izaguirre (MOV) 2 points
5. Carlos Betancur (AG2R) 1 point
|15:29||Slagter first at the top|
Tom Slagter (GRS) was first at the top of Mont Brouilly, follwoed by Geraint Thomas (SKY).
|15:29||Thomas chases behind Slagter|
Team Sky leader Geraint Thomas is now chasing behind Slagter.
Tom Slagter (GRS) attacked on his own while at the back, several riders like Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) or Thomas Voeckler (EUC) have been dropped.
Yellow-jersey holder John Degenkolb resists and is still in the leading bunch.
Carlos Betancur (AG2R) attacks on his won in Mont-Brouilly.
|15:24||Gerrans, Bouhanni dropped|
Several riders have been dropped in Mont Brouilly, including polka-dot jersey holder Christophe Laborie (BSE), Australia's Simon Gerrans (OGE) and first stage winner Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ).
Km 183 - The four escapees have been caught at the foot of Mont Brouilly with 18 kms to go.
|15:19||20 kms to go...|
... and the peloton trails Agnoli (AST), Quemeneur (EUC), Didier (TFR) and Herrada (MOV) by 15 seconds.
|15:18||Puncture for Andy Schleck|
2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck (TFR) has punctured and has been dropped...
|15:17||Results of the second sprint|
Result of the second intermediate sprint in Regnie-Durette (Km 179):
2. Perrig Quemeneur (AST) 2 secs, 2 pts
3. Jesus Herrada (MOV) 1 sec, 1 pt
|15:13||25 kms to go...|
... and Agnoli (AST), Herrada (MOV), Quemeneur (EUC) and Didier (TFR) are only 25 seconds ahead of the bunch.
|15:12||Mechanical for Chavanel|
Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) suffered a mechanical and was forced to change bikes. He is back in the race, escorted by team-mates Sebastien Hinault and Kevin Ista, chasing behind the bunch.
|15:11||Peloton is nearing|
Km 173 - The peloton is getting closer to the escapees. Only 30 seconds left.
|15:07||Stage winners in Belleville|
Stage winners in past stages in Belleville:
2011 - Thomas Voeckler; 2008 - Gert Steegmans; 2006 - Tom Boonen; 2002 - Robbie McEwen; 2000 - Fabio Baldato.
|14:59||Results in the Col de Crie (Km 164)|
Results in the 3rd category Col de Crie (Km 164):
2. Herrada (MOV) 2 points
3. Didier (TFR) 1 pont
The peloton 55 seconds behind.
The peloton split in the Col de Champ Juin and first stage winner Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) was among the riders dropped in the second half of the pack.
|14:51||Team Sky lead the chase|
Four Team Sky riders lead the chase as the gap between the peloton and the four escapees has gone under the minute.
|14:50||Result in Col de Champ de Juin|
Result in the 3rd category Col de Champ de Juin (km 156.5)
3. Quemeneur (EUC) 1 pt
Peloton 55 secs behind
|14:48||Average speed 38 kph|
The average speed in the 4th hour of the stage was 37.4 for an overall speed of 38 kph.
|14:43||Result in Cote de la Clayette (corrected)|
Result in the 3rd category Cote de la Clayette (km 137.5)
|14:27||Gap down to 2:50|
Km 142 - The gap between the four escapees and the peloton keeps going down. It has now been trimmed down to 2:50 as Orica Greenedge and Team Sky lead the bunch.
|14:22||27 nations in Paris-Nice|
27 nations are still present on Paris-Nice
|14:19||Result in Cote de la Clayette|
Result in the 3rd category Cote de la Clayette (km 137.5):
1. Valerio Agnoli (AST) 4 points
2. Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) 2 pts
3. Laurent Didier (TFR) 1 pt
|14:15||The race in La Clayette|
The race is in La Clayette, finish of a Dauphine stage won by Edvald Boasson-Hagen in 2012. It was also the start of a Paris-Nice stage to St Etienne in 2003.
|14:09||Gap down to 4:40|
Km 128 - The first of four climbs on the day's course is ten kilometres ahead and the four escapees lead the peloton by 4:40.
|13:55||Fabrizio Guidi (TCS) - "Matti was aching all over"|
Interviewed by www.letour.fr, Tinkoff-Saxo team director Fabrizio Guidi explained the withdrawal of Matti Breschel: "He crashed seriously in a descent on the Tour of Oman and was in pain ever since. He instead in the last three days because he is a classics rider and wanted to prepare for the races to come. But he is in pain all over and especially in the hand. He can hardly handle his bike and it was better for him to stop."
|13:47||Average speed 38.9 kph|
The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 39.2 kph for an overall average speed of 38.9 kph.
|13:43||Gap keeps rising|
Km 111 - The gap between the four escapees and the main pack nor reaches 6:20.
|13:34||Gap up to 5:50|
Km 104 - Agnoli (AST), Didier (TFR), Herrada (MOV) and Quemeneur (EUC) lead the peloton by 5:50. This is the highest gap so far with the bunch, still led by John Degenkolb's Giant Shimano team-mates.
|13:31||McPartland - "We don't want to put pressure on Simon"|
Orica Greenedge team director David McPartland told www.letour.fr Simon Gerrans, currently 1:49 behind race leader John Degenkolb (GIA), had far from lost all ambitions for the overall standings. But the Australian former rider insisted his team would not put any pressure on their leader, who is recovering from sickness.
|13:29||The race in Paray-le-Monial|
The race is in Paray-le-Monial (km 106) in which Alessandro Petacchi won a Paris-Nice stage in 2003.
Denmark's Matti Breschel (TCS) has just given up.
|13:22||Gap to 5:20|
Km 97 - The gap between the four escapees and the peloton is now 5:20.
|13:03||Gap to 4:30|
Km 84 - Agnoli (AST), Herrada (MOV), Didier (TFR) and Quemeneur (EUC) lead the peloton, led by Giant Shimano riders, by 4:30.
|12:52||Happy birtdhay Phil Anderson|
Australia's Phil Anderson is 56 today. He won a Paris-Nice stage in Mandelieu in 1981 and finished twice in the final Top Five in 1984 and 1985.
|12:48||Average speed 38.8 kph|
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 37.1 kph for an overall speed since the start of 38.8 kph.
|12:38||Three riders chase|
Km 67 - Three riders try to bridge the gap with the four escapees. They are Jose Guttierez (MOV) and Alessandro De Marchi and Damiano Caruso (both CAN).
|12:20||Gap up to 4:50|
Km 58 - The gap between the four escapees and the bunch moves up slightly to 4:50.
|12:15||Result of the first sprint|
Result of the first intermediate sprint in Vitry-sur-Loire (Km 56.5):
2. Valerio Agnoli (AST) 2 secs, 2 pts
3. Jesus Herrada (MOV) 1 sec, 1 pt
|12:06||Last gap 4:30|
Km 50 - The gap between Agnoli, Didier, Herrada, Quemeneur and the peloton is now 4:30.
|12:05||Didier a family man|
Laurent Didier (TFR), one of the four men in the break, was Luxembourg champion in 2012. He is the last member of a cycling dynasty since his grandfather Jean Diederich held the Tour de France yellow jersey in 1951 while his father Lucien was also national champion four times and took part in six Tours de France.
|12:00||Gap to 4:45|
Km 38 - The gap between the four escapees and the peloton is 4:35.
|11:59||Average 40.5 kph|
The average speed in the first hour of the stage was 40.5 kph.
|11:55||Spanish champion in the break|
Jesus Herrada (MOV), one of the four men in the break, is the current Spanish champion. At 23, he is taking part in his second Paris-Nice.
|11:35||Gap up to 3:40|
Km 30 - Agnoli, Quemeneur, Didier and Herrada lead the peloton by 3:40.
|11:29||The race in Decize|
The race is in Decize (Km 28.5) in which Rik van Looy won a Paris-Nice stage in 1963.
|11:22||Latest gap 2:40|
Km 24 - Valerio Agnoli (AST), Laurent Didier (TFR), Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) and Jesus Harrada (MOV) lead the peloton by 2:40
|11:11||The four lead by 35 secs|
Km 18 - Agnoli (AST), Quemeneur (EUC), Didier (TFR) and Herrada Lopez (MOV) lead the main pack by 35 seconds.
|11:10||Herrada Lopez joins the break|
Spain's Jesus Herrada Lopez (MOV) has joined the break. Four men are now in the lead (km 17).
Polka-dot jersey holder Christophe Laborie (BSE) is attempting to join the break.
|11:04||Gap at 20 seconds|
The three escapees, Agnoli, Didier and Quemeneur, lead the peoloton by 20 seconds (km 13).
Perrig Quemeneur (EUC) was already part of the long break in yesterday's stage 3 and was only reined in with two kilometres to go.
|11:02||Three riders on the move|
Km 11 - Three riders are trying their luck – Valerio Agnoli (AST), Laurent Didier (TFR) and Perrig Quemeneur (EUC)
Thomas Voeckler (EUC) was reeled in as several attempts take place at the front of the pack (km 9).
|10:58||Quotes at the start|
"Serious business starts today," said France's Sylvain Chavanel, echoing the general feeling in the bunch. And the IAM team leader is among those who could do well, if we have to believe team-mate Jerome Pineau, who said: "Sylvain is in great shape.
France's Thomas Voeckler (EUC), winner in Belleville in 2011, attacked (km 6) and leads the peloton by a few hundred metres.
|10:53||In the press today|
In l'Equipe, Paris-Nice leader John Degenkolb, born in Gera, the town of former sprint ace Olaf Ludwig, said how much he wished to one day win Paris-Roubaix, the Queen of Classics Ludwig tried in vain to conquer.
The start was given at 10:45 to 164 riders. The weather is sunny and cool.
Thanks to his victory in stage 3, John Degenkolb (GIA) rid Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) of all the jerseys he held for two days, the yellow, the green and the white. While the points classification garment should remain on his back, the other two will be in jeopardy today in the first seriously hilly ride in this edition. Overall, and in the young riders's classification, the German sprinter leads Bouhani by eight seconds, while he holds a 11 points edge over the Frenchman in the race for the green...
|10:32||164 riders at the start|
164 riders are at the start of stage 4 in Nevers this morning. No non-starter.
|10:24||Climbs of the day|
Km 137.5 - Cote de la Clayette (3rd cat.)
|10:23||Sprints of the day|
Km 56.5 - Vitry-sur-Loire
|10:20||Welcome on stage 4|
Welcome on the 201.5-km 4th stage of Paris-Nice between Nevers and Belleville.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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