Paris-Nice: Nacer Bouhanni wins the first road stage

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Nacer Bouhanni, among the leading favourites to win the 1st stage of Paris-Nice, lived up to the expectations to swap his French champion tricolore for the Yellow Jersey of the Race to the Sun.

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The FDJ ace sprinter who has already been on the winners podium in 2013, overpowered Italians Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani to snatch one of his most brilliant victories to date thanks to a perfect lead-out work by his team-mates. As a a result, three Frenchmen are now leading the general classification, prologue winner Damien Gaudin trailing Bouhanni by fractions of a second while Sylvain Chavanel is third, one second adrift, and holds the green jersey.

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The break of the day took shape from the start when Romain Sicard (EUS) attacked, quickly followed by Bert-Jan Lindeman (VCD) and Yannick Talabardon (SOJ). Their lead steadily increased to reach a maximum of 7:20 at kilometer 42. While there was hardly any wind on the roads of Ile-de-France, the pace was leisurely with an average speed of 39.7 kph after two hours.

The peloton gained momentum and the gap went down (5:00 after 100 kms). Argos Shimano then joined Europcar in organising the chase. After 96 kms, Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ), who suffered from flu since the start, was the first rider to give up in this edition. At the first intermediate sprint in Malesherbes (km 115), Lindeman was first ahead of Talabardon and Sicard.

The first climb of this Paris-Nice, Cote de Buthiers (Km 119.5), was only a 4th category ascent, but it mattered since it is the only one to award points in the first three days of the race. Sicard beat Talabardon at the top to seize the polka-dot jersey he should normally keep for two more days since there are no climbs in stage 2.

At km 127, a crash took place in the peloton involving Rui Costa (MOV), Tony Gallopin (RLT), Lucas Haedo (CAN) and Samuel Dumoulin (ALT). Costa was forced out of the race with a wrist injury. Eleven kilometers later Alexander Kristoff crashed in turn on a pavement but made it back on his bike.

With 40 kms to go, FDJ joined the chase as the gap kept going down (1:30 at km 160). Another pile-up took place after 160 kms, with Kevin Seeldrayers (AST) the most seriously hurt. While the second intermediate sprint again went to Lindeman ahead of Talabardon, Sicard was dropped and caught by the main pack with 30 kms to go.

The break ended at kilometre 172 and the junction led to an immediate split in the peloton. Rein Taaramae (COF), Tom Boonen (OPQ) and Marcel Kittel (ARG), who punctured at the worst moment, were among the riders trapped at the back while BMC seized the reins. The gap between the two bunches topped increased regularly and reached 1:23 on the line.

In the finale, while Chavanel found himself unexpectedly in the front, Bouhanni came back from behind with the help of Geoffrey Soupe and William Bonnet and launched the sprint from afar, holding back Petacchi and a late surge by Viviani, who should be his main rivals in the two stages ahead.

Afterwards Bouhanni said “Especially glad for the team. I was already delighted to have won the last stage in the Tour of Oman but I hadn’t raced since and I was not sure what my condition was. I’m above all delighted for the team as they did a hell of a job. Jeremy Roy did a great job to bridge the gap on the escapees. And in the finale, I didn’t care too much about what was happening behind with Boonen or Kittel. I was focused on my sprint.”

“I’m all the happier as this is my first Paris-Nice and it’s extraordinary to win the first stage with the French champion jersey on. We’ll keep fighting in the next few stages. The second and third are ideal for sprinters so obviously they are goals. As for the Yellow Jersey, it should stay on the back of a sprinter, so it should be OK.”

Stage Result

1 BOUHANNI Nacer FDJ 04h 47′ 24″
2 PETACCHI Alessandro LAMPRE – MERIDA
3 VIVIANI Elia CANNONDALE
4 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO-BELISOL
5 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING
6 RENSHAW Mark BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
7 ROJAS Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM
8 HOWARD Leigh ORICA GREENEDGE
9 BOZIC Borut ASTANA PRO TEAM
10 FEILLU Romain VACANSOLEIL-DCM
11 MAES Nikolas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
12 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
13 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM
14 TURGOT Sébastien TEAM EUROPCAR
15 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R LA MONDIALE
16 LEMOINE Cyril SOJASUN
17 HINAULT Sébastien IAM CYCLING
18 PINEAU Jérôme OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
19 PEREZ MORENO Ruben EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
20 GALLOPIN Tony RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
21 WEGMANN Fabian GARMIN – SHARP
22 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas SOJASUN
23 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM
24 SIMON Julien SOJASUN
25 TJALLINGII Maarten BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
26 OFFREDO Yoann FDJ
27 BANDIERA Marco IAM CYCLING
28 JEANNESSON Arnold FDJ
29 RAST Gregory RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
30 VELITS Peter OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
31 GARCIA ECHEGUIBEL Egoitz COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
32 PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING
33 SOUPE GEOFFREY FDJ
34 DE WEERT Kevin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
35 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
36 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE
37 KELDERMAN Wilco BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
38 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R LA MONDIALE
39 TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP
40 LÖVKVIST Thomas IAM CYCLING
41 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM
42 KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
43 KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE
44 KRUIJSWIJK Steven BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
45 BEPPU Fumiyuki ORICA GREENEDGE
46 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
47 VANDENBERGH Stijn OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
48 GAUDIN Damien TEAM EUROPCAR
49 SMUKULIS Gatis KATUSHA TEAM
50 RATTO Daniele CANNONDALE
51 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE – MERIDA
52 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM
53 DE GENDT Thomas VACANSOLEIL-DCM
54 LEUKEMANS Bjorn VACANSOLEIL-DCM
55 GESINK Robert BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
56 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM
57 FAVILLI Elia LAMPRE – MERIDA
58 KLIER Andreas GARMIN – SHARP
59 ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
60 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben MOVISTAR TEAM
61 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo CANNONDALE
62 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian CANNONDALE
63 VEELERS Tom TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
64 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO-BELISOL
65 SPILAK Simon KATUSHA TEAM
66 LOPEZ GARCIA David SKY PROCYCLING
67 WESTRA Lieuwe VACANSOLEIL-DCM
68 MONFORT Maxime RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
69 COPPEL Jérôme COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
70 MORI Manuele LAMPRE – MERIDA
71 DIDIER Laurent RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
72 VANENDERT DENNIS LOTTO-BELISOL
73 CATTANEO Mattia LAMPRE – MERIDA
74 GERRANS Simon ORICA GREENEDGE
75 GASPAROTTO Enrico ASTANA PRO TEAM
76 SCARPONI Michele LAMPRE – MERIDA
77 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM
78 BAK Lars Ytting LOTTO-BELISOL
79 DE BACKER Bert TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
80 GUTIERREZ José Ivan MOVISTAR TEAM
81 VUILLERMOZ Alexis SOJASUN
82 DENIFL Stephan IAM CYCLING
83 NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
84 DE GREEF Francis LOTTO-BELISOL
85 KIRYIENKA Vasili SKY PROCYCLING
86 SIUTSOV Kanstantsin SKY PROCYCLING
87 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM
88 WILLEMS Frederik LOTTO-BELISOL
89 NERZ Dominik BMC RACING TEAM
90 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC RACING TEAM
91 IGLINSKIY Maxim ASTANA PRO TEAM
92 DA DALTO Mauro CANNONDALE
93 ZEITS Andrey ASTANA PRO TEAM
94 PETROV Evgeni TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
95 LEMARCHAND Romain COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
96 BONNET William FDJ
97 NAVARRO Daniel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
98 SORENSEN Nicki TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
99 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto KATUSHA TEAM
100 FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier KATUSHA TEAM
101 AMALACARNE Davide TEAM EUROPCAR
102 KING Edward CANNONDALE
103 BASSO Ivan CANNONDALE
104 VOECKLER Thomas TEAM EUROPCAR
105 DURASEK Kristijan LAMPRE – MERIDA
106 MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM
107 KISERLOVSKI Robert RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
108 DE MARCHI Alessandro CANNONDALE
109 VORGANOV Eduard KATUSHA TEAM
110 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE
111 ZANDIO Xabier SKY PROCYCLING
112 HIVERT Jonathan SOJASUN
113 COOKE Baden ORICA GREENEDGE
114 TALABARDON Yannick SOJASUN
115 LINDEMAN Bert Jan VACANSOLEIL-DCM
116 PICHOT Alexandre TEAM EUROPCAR
117 IRIZAR Markel RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
118 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE
119 CLARKE Simon ORICA GREENEDGE
120 SILIN Egor ASTANA PRO TEAM
121 JEROME Vincent TEAM EUROPCAR
122 BOECKMANS Kris VACANSOLEIL-DCM
123 PATE Danny SKY PROCYCLING
124 COUSIN Jérome TEAM EUROPCAR
125 DUPONT Hubert AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 01′ 53″
126 TROFIMOV Yury KATUSHA TEAM
127 BELLEMAKERS Dirk LOTTO-BELISOL
128 TSCHOPP Johann IAM CYCLING
129 BOUET Maxime AG2R LA MONDIALE
130 CLEMENT Stef BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
131 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
132 LARSSON Gustav IAM CYCLING
133 BONNAFOND Guillaume AG2R LA MONDIALE
134 GENIEZ Alexandre FDJ
135 ROY Jérémy FDJ
136 CURVERS Roy TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
137 HUPOND Thierry TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
138 KITTEL Marcel TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
139 LE MEVEL Christophe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
140 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE
141 KEIZER Martijn VACANSOLEIL-DCM
142 VEUCHELEN Frederik VACANSOLEIL-DCM
143 ERVITI Imanol MOVISTAR TEAM
144 MORENO Javier MOVISTAR TEAM
145 VOIGT Jens RADIOSHACK LEOPARD
146 BRESCHEL Matti TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
147 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
148 SUTHERLAND Rory TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
149 MEERSMAN Gianni OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
150 BOONEN Tom OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
151 ASTARLOZA Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
152 VAN SUMMEREN Johan GARMIN – SHARP
153 CHRISTENSEN Mads TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
154 MOINARD Amaël BMC RACING TEAM
155 TANNER David BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
156 BILLE Gaëtan LOTTO-BELISOL
157 FRANK Mathias BMC RACING TEAM
158 TAARAMAE Rein COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
159 EL FARES Julien SOJASUN
160 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING
161 LUND Anders TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
162 ZINGLE Romain COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
163 VERDUGO Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
164 MORKOV Michael TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF
165 BOSWELL Ian SKY PROCYCLING
166 TIERNAN LOCKE Jonathan SKY PROCYCLING
167 MILLAR David GARMIN – SHARP
168 RATHE Jacob GARMIN – SHARP
169 FLENS Rick BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM
170 PAURIOL Rémi SOJASUN
171 STAMSNIJDER Tom TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
172 MINARD Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 02′ 24″
173 HOWES Alex GARMIN – SHARP @ 08′ 23″
174 TULIK ANGÉLO TEAM EUROPCAR
175 HUGUET Yann TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO
176 SICARD Romain EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
177 BAUER Jack GARMIN – SHARP
178 SEELDRAYERS Kevin ASTANA PRO TEAM
179 PALINI Andrea Francesco LAMPRE – MERIDA
180 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC RACING TEAM
181 KRISTOFF Alexander KATUSHA TEAM @ 17′ 15″

Overall
1 BOUHANNI Nacer FDJ 04h 51′ 01″
2 GAUDIN Damien TEAM EUROPCAR
3 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP @ 00′ 01″
4 WESTRA Lieuwe VACANSOLEIL-DCM @ 00′ 01″
5 VIVIANI Elia CANNONDALE @ 00′ 01″
6 PETACCHI Alessandro LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 00′ 02″
7 KELDERMAN Wilco BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM @ 00′ 02″
8 SOUPE GEOFFREY FDJ @ 00′ 02″
9 VELITS Peter OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP @ 00′ 03″
10 GALLOPIN Tony RADIOSHACK LEOPARD @ 00′ 03″
11 BOZIC Borut ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 00′ 03″
12 TURGOT Sébastien TEAM EUROPCAR @ 00′ 04″
13 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 00′ 05″
14 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM @ 00′ 05″
15 MAES Nikolas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP @ 00′ 05″

 

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