Michael Matthews (Orica Greenedge) tightened his grip on Paris-Nice with his second victory in three days after a contentious sprint in Commentry at the end of the longest stage of this 74th edition, a 213.5-km flat ride in the cold from Contres. The insatiable Australian surged in the last stretch in the wheel of France's Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), who crossed the line ahead of him but was later disqualified for failing to hold his line. Italy's Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) was third...
I think Bouhanni changed his line. I nearly crashed. It's always difficult to sprint at the end of such a long stage. It's unfortunate but either way I would have won because I was coming around him and I would have won if we hadn't touched. Two out of three, it's exceptional. Of course tomorrow will be hard for everyone. We climbed Mont Brouilly in Paris-Nice two years ago but we finished at the bottom, not the top. It will definitely be interesting to see what I can do and how the other...
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Paris-Nice 2016 - 08/03/2016 - Etape 2 - Contres - Commentry (213,5 Km) - VACHON Florian, Fortuneo - Vital Concept, l'enfant du pays © ASO/G.Demouveaux
Located in the Châteaux of the Loire Valley region, not far from Beauval Zoo, Contres is a wine-producing town in Sologne with 3,606 inhabitants. With its many businesses and regular population growth, Contres is a dynamic town with many assets, including its food-processing sector. The development of its employment area makes it one of Loir-et-Cher's jewels, thanks especially to an industrial estate employing more than 3,000 people, and businesses which are known all over Europe. The town of Contres is also special because of its rich community life, which brings people together through social links, culture and sports. The town is proud of the “Most Sporting Town in the Central region” awards it won in 2007 and 2012 and encourages its inhabitants to take part in sports using its various facilities. Contres is a pleasant place to live and has been awarded three flowers in the “towns in bloom” competition. It is committed to improving environmental quality, pledging its support for the eco-citizen “no pesticides” movement in 2013. Contres is a real economic hub at the crossroads between Sologne, the Cher Valley and the Blésois region.
Commentry is located in the west of the department of Allier, amidst the last foothills of the Combrailles. This Montluçon basin town is home to much of the area's population and packs substantial economic punch as well as offering good road links, especially with the A71. The industrial driving force behind the town was coal, which gave way after the Second World War to the chemical industry and animal food supplements, and to the foundry and its “high-speed” steel production. With 6,729 inhabitants, Commentry combines the advantages and convenience of town life with a dynamic network of small businesses and artisans, giving its citizens a high quality of life for which it is well-known and admired. With more than 80 community groups, the town's cultural and sports life allows residents to flourish, while the famous local Vijon festival in August, the town's lively cultural agenda and the fifty or so sports events it hosts provide plenty of fun. After the Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale in 2003 and the Tour de l'Avenir in 2008, Commentry is proud to play host to Paris-Nice this year!
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