Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) avenged the bitter disappointments of the first half of Paris-Nice when he outpaced the best sprinters of the peloton to take stage 4 in Romand-sur-Isere in style on Thursday. The Frenchman, third in stage 1 and disqualified from stage 2 after a heated battle with Michael Matthews (Orica-Greendge), was in a class of his own this time, outsprinting the bunch ahead of Belgium's Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Germany's Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal). Fifth in the...
"It was one of my goals to ride Paris-Nice again (after 2013 with Sojasun). But to ride it again was not enough, I wanted to play a part in it. I'm really glad to have done it and to have taken this jersey. It will be a treat to sport that polka-dot jersey on Mont Ventoux! "
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Paris-Nice 2016 - 10/03/2016 - Etape 4 - Juliénas - Romans-sur-Isère (195,5 km) - Prix Louis Nucera © G.Demouveaux
In 2006, Juliénas became a host town of Paris-Nice for the first time. Ten years later, our communauté de communes (federation of municipalities) will be marking out the start line of this long stage in this same wine-growing village, whose name is synonymous with history and prestigious wines. Come and join us on this occasion and set off to discover the Beaujolais region and its vintage wines. The best riders in the world will show you the way, our winegrowers will open their cellars to you and our friendly locals with open their heart to you. Juliénas belongs to the Communauté de Communes Saône-Beaujolais, a group of 29 towns and villages and the twelve Beaujolais labels. Juliénas is a widely renowned wine-growing and producing village located 15km from Mâcon, 25km from Villefranche-sur-Saône and 60km from Lyon. It covers an area of 755 hectares (of which 580 are devoted to wine production) and is home to some 890 inhabitants. It is also known for it 37 shops and artisans, its hospitality (hotels and gîtes), its excellent gastronomy and its hiking paths. Nestled within the vineyards, Juliénas offers the perfect blend of peace and friendliness, with its dynamic web of community-based associations and much-loved MTB event “Les Cimes de Juliénas”.
Romans-sur-Isère is a medium-sized town in the Drôme department at the foot of the Vercors mountain range. It is ideally located halfway between the coast and the mountains. The town is currently undergoing a transformation, using its past history to construct its future. Romans is predominantly known for its leather crafts and the town is proud of its International Shoe Museum. Today, it attracts creative people and company entrepreneurs from all fields for whom the label “Made in France” is particularly important. Romans has an outstanding old town and has recently launched an ambitious heritage enhancement programme (Saint-Barnard Collegial Church founded in 838, the 37-metre tall Jacquemart Tower, the 500-year-old Stations of the Cross known as the “Grand Voyage”) that takes into account today's particular challenges. For its population of 35,000, Romans is also a great place to live with daily markets and culinary specialities including the famous pognes (brioche) and ravioli. The town also reserves a warm welcome for major sporting events like the Petanque Masters and also Paris-Nice today.
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