Cycling

Escape trio beat the peloton on Paris-Nice Stage 3

2018-03-06 21:49
Cycling (File)

Chtel-Guyon - Frenchman Jonathan Hivert won stage three of the Paris-Nice on Tuesday as another rider from an escape trio that beat the peloton home by 40 seconds, Luis Leon Sanchez, took the overall lead.

Hivert, Sanchez and Remy Di Gregorio took advantage of a late climb followed by a sharp, tricky descent 20km from home to open up a break in the 210km run to Chatel-Guyon in Puy-de-Dome.

"It wasn't so difficult at the end because I knew that Sanchez was interested in the overall," said Hivert, 32, who now has four wins this season.

"It's a dream come true for me to win a stage on this race, early in my career I just missed out here and had even raised my arm in victory before realising someone else had won."

Sanchez, winner of the Paris-Nice in 2009, now tops the overall standings by 35 seconds in an eight-day stage race often clinched by just a few seconds.

"I want to try and keep hold of the lead as long a possible," he said.

"The original plan had been to support (Astana teammate) Jakob Fuglsang. But he fell on stage one and lost more than a minute.

"The time-trial may see me take even more time. We'll see what we can do in the last three days, whether it's better to play for Fuglsang or for me."

Frenchman Arnaud Demare was fourth as he won the bunch sprint in the chasing peloton.

Team Sky leader Wout Poels was involved in an accident and had to struggle to get back to the peloton.

"I'm relieved more than anything and I can't wait for the time-trial tomorrow," said the Dutchman.

Wednesday's stage is an 18.4km individual time-trial around Saint-Etienne before several days of climbing culminate in Nice on Sunday.

Read more on:    paris-nice race  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.