The last stage of Paris-Nice 2016 was quite exciting till the end, especially thanks to Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) who tried once again to get rid of his competitors in the hilly back-country of Nice but he finally ended at 4 seconds from Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in the general classification. The stage victory was for Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) who thus showed off the colours of Lotto-Fix ALL on the finish line in Nice.
The summary of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2016 - Nice > Nice
It was a short stage, of 134 kilometers, with start and finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice which was on the programme of this last day of Paris-Nice 2016 today, with no less than 6 difficulties in this relatively short distance.
A 9 rider strong breakaway lightened up today's queen stage in Paris-Nice 2016 between Nice and La Madone d'Utelle. Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) was again present in this breakaway, like yesterday, and went off to collect some points for the King of the mountains classification, which allowed him to put on the polka dot jersey at the end of the afternoon. The stage victory was decided in the final climb and a small group of favourites battled for it in the last few kilometers. The rider who won the stage was however probably the one we expected the less in this group, the Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha). Geraint Thomas ended the stage at the second place and takes the first place in the current general classification provisoire, the day before the final stage!
The summary of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Nice > La Madone d'Utelle
The 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2016 was particularly animated between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Salon-de-Provence today. A group of 8 riders controlled the race until the climb of the Mont Ventoux where the group fell apart. One of the survivors of the breakaway, Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie), finally went off alone, before being taken back and dropped by Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) who managed to stay ahead of the peloton until the finish and thus won the stage in a solo win.
The summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Salon-de-Provence
Right from the first kilometer, a group of 5 riders got away from the peloton, before being joined by 3 other riders. That's how a 8 rider breakaway was set up: ...> Read the whole story | no comments | shown 1077x
A bit as usual in this Paris-Nice 2016, we saw a 4 men breakaway being formed early in the stage and staying in front for several tens of kilometers. There was a bit more animation in this stage though than in the previous days and another breakaway stayed in front until the last kilometer. However, in the end the stage ended in a sprint and that's where Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) took revenge on the tumultuous sprint two days ago, by winning the sprint with one bike length ahead on Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) this time.
The summary of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Juliénas > Romans-sur-Isère
The weather conditions were completely different this morning then yesterday when the stage was stopped after about one hundred kilometers in the race (the organisor of the race has already announced today that the 2017 edition of ...> Read the whole story | 1 comment | shown 1031x
Not surprisingly, the victory of the second stage of Paris-Nice 2016 in Commentry was decided in a sprint today. After the longest stage of this 74th edition of the Race to the sun, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) seemed to go straight off to victory. However, since he left his straight line and went off to the left he thus prevented Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE), the yellow jersey, from doing his sprint correctly. The French rider thus compromised his stage victory and was declassified at the last place of his group (which means he was 3rd of the stage), the victory thus being for Matthews.
The summary of the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Contres > Commentry
213.5 kilometers were on the programme of the second Paris-Nice 2016 stage today and this made it the longest stage of the race.
The first stage of Paris-Nice 2016 offered 198 kilometers of racing between Condé-sur-Vesgre and Vendôme, with a final circuit which the riders had to do twice and which contained two sand roads of which one going uphill. Finally, these sand roads didn't really influence the result of the stage, which ended in a bunch sprint. This sprint was won by the French rider Arnaud Démare (FDJ) ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
The summary of the first stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Condé-sur-Vesgre > Vendôme
At the start in Condé-sur-Vesgre this morning, the 175 riders of the Paris-Nice 2016 peloton respected one minute of silence in honour of Romain Guyot (Vendée U) who lost his life in a road accident during his training.
After yesterday's prologue, the first stage of Paris-Nice will take place today between Condé-sur-Vesgre and Vendôme over a distance of 198 kilometers.
The last part of these 198 kilometers will take place on a circuit which the riders will do two times and this circuit contains two sand roads. Thanks to Jérémy Roy and Kinomap, you can discover these sand roads before the race gets there because the rider of the FDJ team, who doesn't participate in Paris-Nice 2016, got out on his bike and filmed the final circuit!
Two sand roads will be on the programme of this first stage, which doesn't please to everyone as we can see in ...
Except unexpected circumstances, 175 riders will come to the start (22 teams of 8 riders each, except for Lotto-Soudal which has one less) tomorrow and in this article you'll find all of them, including their bib numbers, but also the start order and -times of the prologue in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
The participants list of Paris-Nice 2016
175 riders coming from 35 different countries (the main nationalities are: 40 French riders, 16 Belgian riders, 16 Spanish riders, 15 Dutch riders and 8 Italian riders) will ge ...> Read the whole story | 1 comment | shown 3384x