John Degenkolb claimed victory in stage three of Paris-Nice yesterday on the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France.
Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) took advantage of a commanding leadout to win the bunch sprint in the 180-kilometer leg from Toucy.
Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) was second and J.J. Rojas (Movistar) was third.
“We tried it two times before and again today and it was perfect,” said Degenkolb.
“Everything went really well and today everything came together.”
Overall leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) finished seventh and ceded the overall lead to Degenkolb, who moved into first on the strength of the finish-line time bonus. The German leads Bouhanni by eight seconds.
Three escapees went clear moments into the stage: Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) and Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Seche). The French trio never established a large advantage, but nevertheless held off the chasing peloton into the final 12 kilometers. – VeloNews
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