Super Sam Bennett Takes Paris-Nice Stage Three Win

12 March 2019 04:10
Sam Bennett of Bora Hansgrohe has won the third stage of the 77th Paris-Nice race. This annual race to the sun in March had Team Jumbo Visma’s Dylan Gronewegen in the leader’s jersey after his second consecutive stage win for this 200km flat stage from Cepoy to Moulins / Yzeure. Today, the sun was out but there was a head wind, slowing the pace as the 152 riders started on the stage but just three kilometres in and Domen Novak (Bahrain-Merida) crashed along with Marc Soler and Ion Izaguirre. The crash forced Novak to abandon the race which saw Kwiatkowski taking the sprint points at Châtillon-Coligny. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-Quk Step), Reto Hollenstein (Katusha), Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie) , Kevin Reza (Vital Concept), Ramunas Navardauskas (Delko Marseille Provence) got into a break which was short-lived. So Navardauskas tried again and was joined by his team Alessandro Fedelli taking a lead of thirty seconds after forty kilometres of racing. Nine kilometres later and they had a lead of 5.35 which dropped to 3.30 after 92kms before Fabio Aru of UAE was forced to abandon the race. With 39.1kms left, the break was finally ended before there was a massive crash with 32.3kms left on a bridge over a stream which took out many riders in the peloton and saw a rider from Mitchelton-Scott face down. Everyone continued as the speed went up to 40kmh for the sprint at Bagneux which was taken by Kwiatkowski again ahead of his Team Sky team mate Egan Bernal and Bora Hansgrohe’s Grosschartner. A Vital Concept rider crashed at a roundabout with 11kms to go and the race split six kilometres later with the speed at 66kms. Team Sky were on the front causing panic as the stage headed toward a sprint. Arnaud Demare attacked but was Sam Bennett of Bora Hansgrohe who took it in 5.16.25 ahead of Ewan, Jakobsen and British rider Dan McLay. Bennett said: “I had a really bad leg coming from the heat to the cold but it was better today. I knew this was my last opportunity so I did everything I could and it was a great effort and I’m delighted.” Dylan Groenewegen finished ninth to keep his leader’s yellow jersey. . read full article

Source: Kev Monks