Road world silver-medallist Michael Matthews (Orica Greendge) was known as one of the most exceptional sprinters in the bunch. "Bling" emerged as an excellent prologue specialist as well, winning the 74th Paris-Nice opener in 7:39 for his very first race of the season. The Australian all-rounder, winner of a stage a year ago, upset pre-race favourite Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) by one second while unheralded New Zealander Patrick Bevin (Cannondale) was third, a further second adrift....
"First day back in the grid and first win. It's really a great start to the season. I was thinking a top five was possible on a course like this. It was hilly, with lots of technical corners, which suits me. I had high hopes but I didn't think I could win this. The next few stages are flat sprints so I should be able to keep the jersey. We'll see how far I can go. My climbing form is quite good so it will be nice to see how long I can keep it. It's an amazing jersey and an amazing race. This...
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Paris-Nice 2016 - 06/03/2016 - Prologue - Conflans-Saint-Honorine - 6,1Km - BEVIN Patrick, Cannondale Pro Cycling Team - 3éme ©
With more than 36,000 inhabitants, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine is the seventh largest town in Yvelines. Considered the capital of inland water shipping, it is located at the confluence of the Seine and the Oise, on the river route connecting Paris and Normandy. As well as serving as a doorway from Yvelines to the English Channel and the North Sea via the future Seine-Nord canal, the town remains a docking point that is dear to sailors' hearts, and has more recently earned a reputation as a hub for river tourism in Ile-de-France. The Musée de la Batellerie et des Voies Navigables, which symbolises these aspirations as well as being a European benchmark in the field, underwent a complete restoration and reopened its doors to the public in June 2015. Created in 1965 on the initiative of Louise Weiss, a Conflans resident and keen proponent of the European project, the museum contains the richest and most comprehensive collection in Europe. It is located in the Château du Prieuré in the park of the same name. It offers a unique panoramic view of the Seine Valley from its balconies. The park is also home to curiosities such as the greenhouse, the orangery and the grand cellar, whilst the Tour Montjoie is a treasure to discover in the typical Vieux-Conflans neighbourhood. Every June, the boatmen hold a traditional gathering in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine for the Pardon National de la Batellerie, a major celebration organised to honour the memory of former shipping workers who died fighting for France. The 57th edition will take place on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2016. One of the natives of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine will be present for the prologue of Paris-Nice. Indeed, Nicolas Roche, the team mate of Chris Froome, the most recent winner of the Tour de France, in the Sky team, was born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and spent part of his childhood there.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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