Yann Huguet (Skil Shimano), Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) and Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma Lotto) characterized the third and 208 kilometer long stage of Paris-Nice between Saintjunien and Aurillac.
Entering the last 20 kilometers, Nikolas Maes (Step Quick) could no longer handle the high pace of the front group and dropped back to the peloton where Caisse d’Epargne controlled the pace. Shortly after, the breakaway was caught.
Three kilometers to go, a strong riding Jens Voigt went away with a handful of riders and they managed to distance the chasing pack with a few seconds. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) took the stage but Team Saxo Bank’s Jens Voigt took over the leader’s jersey by finishing fourth.
”Jens did another great stage. Lars Boom had shown weaknesses during the stage and Jens seized the opportunity when the time was right. Jens has been showing great power from the start of the race and I think he can take home a top result among the best of the race. We are very pleased about taking the lead but there is still a long way to Nice and there is a lot of hard work to be done,” says sports director Kim Andersen.