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Paris-Nice Stage 3 – Live coverage


Join us on Wednesday for live coverage of the individual 15km time trial that will shake the overall standings.

For our full phase report, photo gallery and full results, click here.

Spanish Bahrain rider McLaren Ivan Garcia Cortina L celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 3rd stage of 2125 km of the 78th stage of the Paris cycling race between ChalettesurLoing and La Chatre on March 10, 2020 Photo by Alain JOCARD AFP Photo by ALAIN JOCARDAFP via Getty Images

This is a nice picture of Cortina celebrating her superb victory (Credit image: Getty Images)

Each team looks for the positives after a tough game. This is the team manager of Cofidis Cedric Vasseur. The Cofidi were well positioned up to the last kilometer, but then Viviani was submerged and finished 52nd.

This video by Lotto Soudal highlights how Caleb Ewan was caught in the recent incident that saw Bennett pushed over the barriers.

Schachmann drives Nizzolo just 13 seconds before Wednesday’s 15km TT.

“I have shown in the past that I can take on time trials. I want to defend this beautiful shirt. I will do my best. Tomorrow is the next challenge.

“I am going to give my best and then there are two stages in the mountains. They will be the big showdown.”

“In the end there were some bad accidents, I hope nobody is injured. In the end I did it and I ended up somewhere in front.”

Schachmann spoke about the frenetic end of the stage.

“For the last 90 kilometers it was really difficult to guarantee the position in front. Everyone was ready for a big action against the wind but it actually took place in the last eight kilometers,” he said.

Here is the replay of the sprint.

Wednesday’s stage is an indifferent 15km time trial around Saint-Amand-Montrond on a rotating and technical route.

Saint-Amand-Montrond is obviously the birthplace of Julian Alaphilippe.

The podium ceremony confirms that Schachmann is still in yellow. EF’s Higuita is still the best young driver, while Nizzolo took the green points jersey.

Check out our stage report and the growing photo gallery of all the action from the stage.

Click below.

“Is a surprise [to beat Peter Sagan].

“There was a bit of chaos in the end. I found my place, some space to go, and I had to fill up completely, gas to the end and I could take the win.”

“I like the weather. I suffered in the race, but I think everyone suffered. In the end I had good legs, so I like these conditions.”

“I was in second place in the second stage, and it’s fantastic now that we have a stage in a great race like Paris-Nice,” he said.

“It’s a race that I really like, so it’s a really big win.”

It’s just the 24 year old Spanaird’s second win after taking a stage of the Tour of California in 2019.

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Cortina managed to beat the sprinters because the road to the finish line gradually rose. He hit early and nobody could get past him.

This is the new general classification after phase 3. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) remains in command of the race.

1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:12:01
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Eng) NTT Pro Cycling 0:00:13
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:24
4 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:25
5 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:26
6 Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:28
7 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:28
8 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:31
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Eng) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:31
10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:36

It was a tense and aggressive final sprint. the riders used their hips and heads to bump and push for the position.

Bouhanni was fifth and Nizzolo eighth.

This is the tentative top ten.

1 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 5:49:55
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Andrea Pasqualon (Eng) Circus-Wanty Gobert
4 Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb
5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Arkea-Samsic team
6 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
7 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
8 Giacomo Nizzolo (Eng) NTT Pro Cycling
9 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation
10 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale

Bennett got up and rode to the finish, but holds his left arm.

Andrea Pasqualon of Circus Wanty took third place in the sprint.

Cortina came from behind with a huge turn of power and speed. Everyone else couldn’t come from behind him.

Four Deceuninck riders stop to check on Bennett’s condition. He is sitting on the street.

Cortina leads him out. Sagan is behind the wheel but cannot pass. Cortina takes the victory!

Crash! Bennet pushed the barriers.

But Lotto gets up for Ewan.

Deceuninck takes charge

KM last!

Sagan, Viviani and Nizzolo are close to the front.

The road climbs slightly to the finish.

2 km to go!

Cyclists try to climb a fast downhill section, then the pack mixes again.

3 km to go

Sunweb has Matthews and Bol.

There are only about forty drivers in front, fighting for the best wheel and the best position.

5 km remaining

It will split. Sunweb is trying to destroy it.

In front of Deceuninck, force the pass on an open road.

A touch of wheels crashes 9 cyclists at speed.


The Cofidi have 3 knights there to help Viviani.

Race leader Schachmann slipped out of the group. He needs Bora’s help.

Kung is there for Pinot.

Sagan, Gilbert and Viviani are all in the front row.

Bryan Coqaurd rests and takes his teammate’s bike. But it will be difficult for him to go forward.

10 km remaining

The last 5 km also includes several curves and climbs. It will be a real test for sprinters and their top men.

In a gradual descent the speed touches 75 km / h.

Some riders are trying to get up in the wind but it hurts.

The victories are blowing hard from the knights’ right.

There is a lot of bumps and rebounds while cyclists touch shoulders and hips. The group is ready to explode.

Quintana and Higuita are the light climbers of the pack but they are well protected and for now they are ahead.

There is not enough wind to trigger spheres. But the attacks continue to come.

Some riders are already off the back, including Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo).

Alaphilippe is in the front row! Bennett is there. Deceuninck has moved to the right to force the rest of the group into the eaves.

Deceuninck takes control and increases the spread on an exposed stretch of road.

Pedersen walks away to win the sprint.

20 km remaining

1km to the sprint!

EF is also protecting Higuita.

Deceuninck is located on the left of the road, Bahrain in the middle and the Sunweb on the right.

The second intermediate sprint is in 1 km and the road turns left just before it.

Watch out for attacks.

Crash! Another tangle on the back on narrow streets.

Peter Sagan is at the bottom of the group, perhaps at the wrong time.

However, he is using his cycling skills to quickly move forward.

25 km remaining

C’est purposes.

Tom Devriendt is captured by the group. Compact group!

Tom Devriendt’s advantage is 30 seconds.

The final sprint is expected in 10 km. with 19km to go. It is followed by a turn to the right and there the wind could be a bad cross wind.

Tom Devriendt will soon have spent five hours ahead alone. However, his lead dropped to 1:15. In the end, Tom is almost dear.

35 km remaining

Deceuninck hits the front again.

Peter Sagan spoke briefly at the beginning. He didn’t seem to care about winning ten years after his first success in Paris-Nice.

“Well, it was ten years ago, it is better to be in the moment. We will see what happens. It is a long, difficult stage and there is also time. I hope to survive. We must be ready all the time.

And on its shape?

“I think I’m doing well for now. I think I’m improving day by day.”

At the back of the group Patrick Konrad of Bora avoids a spill as he moves away from the road but remains standing.

40 km remaining

A turn in the road changes the wind direction and the group slows down again.

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Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) still leads the group by 2:00 as he fights bravely, leaning against the constant wind like a Don Quixote on a bicycle.

The group turns right and suddenly the wind is a factor.

Deceuninck is on the front!

The group hits a narrow farm road and then the riders are huddled together and lined up on the back.

The knights of Bora intertwine with the NTT knights but all are well.


Devriendt needs a friend. A Devriendt in need is truly a devreindt.

All you need is a dip in the road between the fields, the wind blowing in the right direction and the group splits and the riders fall from behind.

Each wave also feeds on the Devriendt divide. He is now only 1:30 ahead and seems to be suffering.

55 km remaining

Tom Devriendt’s lead is melting like spring snow over the French Alps, while the main team emerges as the first winter flowers, hitting their shoots across the ground.

I wonder if Peter Sagan is aware that he got his first professional win ten years ago. Could he win again today and thus win his 114th victory?

Other cyclists are chasing to recover after a natural break. Romain Bardet has several teammates who help him.

Crash! A couple of riders get tangled and go down to the right.

LA CHATRE FRANCE MARCH 10 Maximilian Schachmann of Germany and team Bora Hansgrohe Yellow leader Jersey Patrick Konrad of Austria and team Bora Hansgrohe Pascal Ackermann of Germany and team Bora Hansgrohe Peloton during the 78th stage Paris Nice 2020 3 at 2125 km from Chalettesur at La Chtre Paris parisnicecourse PN on 10 March 2020 in La Chatre France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Here is Schachmann in the leader’s yellow jersey and today a yellow rain cape. (Credit image: Getty Images)

The riders are trying to hit a blowing wind and are therefore tightly packed together.

The stage today?

“It is difficult to say what will happen. It all depends on the direction of the wind in the end, it could change. We will have to ride together and stay safe. We will see how the situation goes but it is always better to do something than to suffer due to attacks from others.”

Max Schachmann spoke briefly at the beginning.

“After 2 stages I feel the cold and strain on my legs,” he said.

Tom Devriendt’s lead went down to 2:45. It is wasting time quickly and can almost be seen by the group on the open plains of central France.

The riders are hidden low above the bars and close in the group.

70 km remaining

More roads open and speed has increased. Knights are immediately spit out from the back.

Cyclists are taking off their rain coats because conditions are improving and the race is also getting warmer.

75 km remaining

The group got back together after a bit of pace, but how long before another wave or attack?

In the group, the riders are trying to take off their rain coats but it is not easy in a full group.

The crossing opens and he is soon out but lost about 20 seconds. His lead dropped to 4:20.

Ops. A level crossing is closed and therefore Tom Devriendt must stop.

The group will soon reach an open section of the road. We may have multiple accelerations.

Riders wear rain capes, gloves and leggings to stay warm. They are also careful to eat and drink.

The speed has definitely increased in the group, as Bora and Sunweb lead the group. A small group has already been turned away.

Run up!

85 km remaining

The group is moving on Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) as if it were a giant tuna.

The speed also increases as the risk of grades increases.

Paris-Nice continues south despite the restrictions imposed on sporting events in France due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. However Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) claims that few in the group believe that the race will go all the way to Nice on Sunday.

Click here to read the full story.

The riders are going through a wooded area and then take a break from the wind.

The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 32.2 km / h for an overall average speed of 34.2 km / h so far. The knights fight with a headwind of about 25 km / h.

“If you look around in the group, 90% assume that we won’t get to Nice”

Jasper Stuyven there, predicting that this race will end soon. For more information from the Belgian on the coronavirus and its impact on Paris-Nice and even the spring classics, click here.

For the moment, everything is calm out there, with the wind blowing almost directly into the faces of the knights. There are a couple of spots on either side of Bourges where the direction turns more directly south / south east, and that’s where the south-west wind will start blowing on one side. Both parts of those short sections, however, are a headwind. Having said that, the last 20 km are heading south, which will be more of a headwind.

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112 km to go

The gap with the lone leader drops slightly to 6:35

Mountains classification is now:

Hivert – 22 points

Diaz – 7 points

Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) – 4 points

Jose Manuel Diaz (Nippo Delko Provence), second in the ranking of the mountains, starts after Hivert to grab the last remaining point.

The group is now approaching the top of the third category and Jonathan Hivert (Total Direct Energie) is looking for other classification points of the mountains. He is already wearing the polka dot shirt and adds two more points to his count.

Devriendt crests the Côte de la Chapelotte, the only ascent on today’s routes. Lunch is waiting in the feeding area at the bottom of a short descent.

Yesterday Sagan’s aggressive races helped divide the group, as this photo shows.

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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) spoke briefly before the start of the stage.

The finish of the third stage is slightly uphill and suits him, but he must also work to defend the advantage of Maximilian Schachmann.

“It will certainly be a long, difficult stage with bad weather. I hope to survive. You must always be ready. For now I think my form is OK. See day by day and day by day I am improving,” said Sagan.

The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 33.2 km / h for an overall average speed of 35.3 km / h.

The riders are fighting in a headwind, making it difficult to train on the road.

It’s raining again …. Although I doubt anyone in the group is singing the Supertramp song after a third day in the rain in Paris-Nice.

Israel Start-Up Nation has an update from their team car. It seems that Nils Politt is a little bored as the group rolls on.

After 50 km of races, Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) leads the group by 7:30 am.

Four Bora-Hansgrohe drivers lead the group and set the pace.

The Cofidis team captured the group on the camera.

Uncertainties remain about future races, but cyclists continue to train around the world.

In Italy cycling is not recommended to avoid the risk of accidents and the need to use medical services, but professional cyclists can still train.

Tom Dumoulin suffered several months of injury and slow recovery but is training at altitude and has updated his form. It is on the rise.

“I am training in [Mount] Teide at the moment, “the 2017 Giro champion wrote on Twitter.” I’m starting to feel better again, and crossing my fingers to keep the races going later this spring with all the stress of the crown going on in Europe. “

Click here to read the full story on Dumoulin.

Here is the lonely hero Tom Devriendt in front.

160 km remaining

The group narrowed the gap to 8:00 am.

Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) covered 37 km in the first hour of racing. He now leads the group by 8:50 after they have started a constant chase. His lead peaked at 9:15 after 38km.

It is now the hare that the group chases south to La Châtre.

172 km remaining

The group dwindled even further, allowing Tom Devriendt to take his lead at 9:30 am.

This is the view from the race director’s car.

The Giro d’Italia should start in Hungary on May 9, but it seems increasingly unlikely, given the movement restrictions now applied nationally throughout Italy, and the June Tour de France is also potentially at risk as the positive cases continue to increase across Europe.

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh said so Cyclingnews that there was no evidence to “suggest that coronavirus transmission will be affected by better weather conditions” and added that “postpone [sporting events] it makes more sense until we know exactly where it is and it’s not the virus. “

Click here to read the full comments from the healthcare expert.

As from the first reports of the coronavirus outbreak during the United Arab Emirates tour, we follow the events closely and bring you all the news.

Paris-Nice continues today but there are growing concerns about future matches.

UCI President David Lappartient previously said it would be a “disaster” for cycling if the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France could not take place due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Europe.

Click here to read the full story.

Here is the moment when Tom Devriendt escaped alone.

The group facilitated the yup after the sprint, allowing Devriendt to open a gap at 6:00 am.

Nizzolo took 2 points in the intermediate sprint and therefore, according to our calculations, he is now eqaul on points with Schachmann.

Today Nizzolo wears the green points shirt because Schachmann is in the GC leader’s shirt. However, it is approaching German.

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was third and therefore collected a one second bonus.

Behind there was a fight for the other second bonuses, with Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) in second place and two second bonus bonuses.

Tom Devriendt (Circus-Wanty Gobert) was the punch for the intermediate sprint after 20km in Chatillon-Coligny.

200 km remaining

Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) extended his lead to 1:50. Take on a lonely but brave ride ahead. Allez Tom! Op Op!

It is also possible in the north of France, with temperatures of only 6 ° C. It will be a hard day in the saddle.

We have an attack. The Belgian Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) attacked alone after 4 km. He now leads the group for 35 seconds but is only in front.

German national champion Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in the yellow jersey of the race leader. He stepped up his overall lead yesterday by gaining three seconds in an intermediate sprint.

Lead the stage 2 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) by 15 seconds while Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) is third at 21 seconds.

Today’s intermediate sprint is in Chatillon-Coligny at kilometer 20, so it could be a perfect opportunity for Schachmann to try and dedicate more seconds.

The weather seems destined to be cloudy all day, with the risk of rain and cross winds. The wind blows from the southwest, which means it will be a cross wind / for most of the day.

133 drivers are in the group. The same number that ended Phase 2 on Monday.

The race radio confirmed that the stage is underway.

As we join the action, the cyclists came out of Chalette-sur-Loing towards La Châtre for 212.5 km of races. It promises to be another day of cross winds, bands and such aggressive races. We will have all the action.

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of Phase 3 of Paris-Nice.

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