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Summary 1st stage Paris-Nice 2017: victory for Arnaud Démare, Romain Bardet excluded!

Added: sunday 05 March 2017 at 17:57:00
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    Summary 1st stage Paris-Nice 2017: victory for Arnaud Démare, Romain Bardet excluded!Difficult weather conditions marked the first stage of Paris-Nice 2017 and were the reason why the peloton got reduced rather quickly after the start of the stage. Despite the presence of several sprinters in the group which survived these weather conditions, the victory was finally decided in a duo sprint, thanks to a surprise attack by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in the short climb leading to the finish. Followed only by Arnaud Démare (FDJ), the last mentioned rider managed to win the stage and thus take the first yellow jersey.

    The summary of the stage between Bois d'Arcy and Bois d'Arcy

    The biggest part of the first stage of Paris-Nice 2017 with start and finish in Bois d'Arcy took place under quite bad weather conditions, over a distance of 148.5 kilometers (two laps on a circuit west of the city).

    The start of the first stage of Paris-Nice 2017 under the rain
    The breakawayIt started with a big downpour right from the real start of the race, and at kilometer 5 a group of 4 riders got away from the peloton, with Kristijan Koren (Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and this turned out to be the right breakaway right from the start!

    Quickly building up their gap, up to 6 minutes, on a peloton which completely fell apart due to the weather conditions. After about 80 kilometers, the leading group was taken back by a group of 23 riders in which we found among others the sprinters Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha Alpecin), André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie).

    In the second climb of the only official difficulty of the stage, Romain Hardy went to pick up the points like he did in the first lap. The rider of the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team is thus the first rider to wear the polka dot jersey as the King of the Mountains tonight. The group with the favourites Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) arrived there 55 seconds later and while Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) managed to get back on this group, the French rider crashed. He did however manage to get back to the group again and according to Vincent Lavenu, the manager of his team, this crash was apparently without much importance, even though this remained to be confirmed by the medical staff. However, in order to come back to this group the second time and cross the finish line at the 17th place at 47 seconds, the French rider used the cars to speed up and after the finish he got punished for that, being put out of the race. One of the favourites of the race thus sees this 75th edition of Paris-Nice end right after the first stage ...

    Arnaud Démare (FDJ)While we were expecting a first explanation among the remaining sprinters anyway, the short climb leading to the finish finally led to another scenario: in the last kilometer Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) decided to attack in this climb, and only Arnaud Démare (FDJ) managed to follow him. In the last meters of the stage, Julian Alaphilippe tried the impossible but despite his boldness, Démare showed who was the strongest and the sprinter of the FDJ team quite easily won this first stage of Paris-Nice 2017 (without the other sprinters being present)!

    The video summary of the first stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Bois d'Arcy > Bois d'Arcy

    The classifications of Paris-Nice 2017 after the first stage

    Here are the classifications after this first stage:

    Stage classification

    Arnaud Démare (FDJ)Here's the top 10 of this first stage:

    1/ Arnaud Démare (FDJ) - 3h22'43"
    2/ Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
    3/ Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha Alpecin) - +0'09"
    4/ Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)
    5/ Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept)
    6/ Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)
    7/ Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal)
    8/ Marco Haller (Team Katusha Alpecin)
    9/ Sergio Henao (Team Sky)
    10/ Rudy Molard (FDJ)

    General classification

    Arnaud Démare (FDJ)With this stage victory, Arnaud Démare (FDJ) is logically also the first to wear the yellow jersey:

    1/ Arnaud Démare (FDJ) - 3h22'33"
    2/ Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) - +0'04"
    3/ Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha Alpecin) - +0'15"
    4/ Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) - +0'16"
    5/ Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) - +0'17"

    Points classification

    Arnaud Démare (FDJ)In the points classification of the green jersey, Arnaud Démare is also leading:

    1/ Arnaud Démare (FDJ) - 15 points
    2/ Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) - 12 points
    3/ Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) - 10 points
    4/ Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha Alpecin) - 9 points
    5/ Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) - 7 points

    King of the Mountains classification

    Romain Hardy (Fortuneo Vital Concept)In the classification for the polka dot jersey we thus find Romain Hardy leading, since he took the maximum number of points at the two climbs of the Côte de Senlisse:

    1/ Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) - 8 points
    2/ Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) - 2 points
    3/ Luke Rowe (Team Sky) - 2 points
    4/ Kristijan Koren (Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team) - 1 point
    5/ Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) - 1 point

    Best young rider classification

    Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) thus didn't take the stage victory but he can still be happy with the white jersey as the best young rider:

    1/ Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) - 3h22'43"
    2/ Davide Formolo (Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team) - +1'04"
    3/ Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)
    4/ Sven Erik Byström (Team Katusha Alpecin) - +1'57"
    5/ Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) - +2'56"

    What's next: the second stage Rochefort-en-Yvelines > Amilly - 195 km

    Tomorrow, the second stage will start in Rochefort-en-Yvelines. You can find all details about the race route of this second stage of Paris-Nice 2017 on Google Maps!

    photos: © A.S.O. / Alex Broadway

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. belle victoire pour Arnault je crois que nous allons avoir un beau paris nice en esperant une victoire final d'un Français

    | serry | sunday 05 March 2017 at 18:38:37

  2. J'estime la mise hors course de Romain BARDET excessive et surtout injuste. certes, il y a un règlement, connu de tous les acteurs, mais ,ici, il n'y a eu aucun incident technique ni éventuel "coup de pompe" concernant Romain. Il a été victime d'une chute et marqué physiquement à un moment crucial de la course. Il ne me semble pas qu'il se soit abusivement accroché à sa voiture d'équipe et s'il a profité de l'aspiration de voitures dans le trafic c'est que justement il y avait un trafic dont on ne peut le rendre responsable. Cette mise hors course nuit fortement à sa carrière de champion, ruine tous son travail de préparation, anéantit les objectifs - fondés - de son équipe et met à mal l'intérêt sportif de cette belle épreuve qu'est Paris-Nice-. Un prétendant à la victoire finale éliminé de la sorte, c'est pour moi un désastre sur le plan sportif...et humain.

    | P 22 | monday 06 March 2017 at 13:00:30

  3. Bonjour @P 22,

    Même si la mesure est drastique, les règles sont là pour être respectées. Il y a bien eu d'aide "abusive" et on le voit d'ailleurs dans la réaction de Romain Bardet ainsi que le manager de son équipe qui admettent avoir commis une erreur et en assumer les conséquences, tout aussi difficiles qu'elles soient pour lui et son équipe :

    | Thomas Vergouwen | monday 06 March 2017 at 14:27:16

  4. Je salue la sportivité et l'honnêteté intellectuelle de Romain et de son manager sportif. Des images ont dû m'échapper...même si j'ai bien remarqué que la chaîne et le dérailleur de son vélo de secours avaient un urgent et répétitif besoin de lubrification !
    Je regrette donc cette "grossière erreur" qui change la donne...dès le début de cette grande course.
    L'abandon de Nacer Bouhani, lui et même si je le trouve particulièrement regrettable et préoccupant ne me surprend pas : il ne connaît pas le début de saison espéré, loin s'en faut. Il doit maintenant préparer Milan San Remo très sereinement. Il sait faire !!! Par contre, Arnaud Demare, lui, "pète" la forme et ça promet...

    | P 22 | monday 06 March 2017 at 17:40:56

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