Paris-Nice Stage 2 Finishes In A Sprint Finish

BELLEVILLE, France, March 12, 2014 - Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter won a sprint finish to win the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice on Wednesday but breakaway companion Geraint Thomas is the new overall leader. Garmin's Slagter edged out Britain's Thomas in a sprint finish at the end of the 201.5km stage from Nevers to Belleville, with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman coming home third five seconds … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Suffers Fractured Ribs At Paris-Nice

11-Mar-2014: As a consequence of a crash with about 10km remaining in Paris-Nice Stage 2 on Monday, Gianni Meersman left the race this morning, returned to Belgium, and immediately underwent examinations at H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen as decided by team medical staff. Medical checks underlined fractures of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs of the right hemithorax. A CT Scan also underlined … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Stage 3 And Lead In Paris-Nice

MAGNY-COURS, France, March 11, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won a sprint finish to the third stage of Paris-Nice at Magny-Cours on Tuesday and took the overall race lead at the same time. Degenkolb powered home on the 180km stage from Tourcy ahead of Australian Matthew Goss and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain. Time bonuses allowed Degenkolb to snare the … [Read more...]

Moreno Hofland Wins Paris-Nice Stage 2, Bouhanni Lead

SAINT-GEORGES-SUR-BAULCHE, France, March 10, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Moreno Hofland won a sprint finish for the 205km second stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche in Burgundy on Monday. The 22-year-old crossed ahead of Germany's John Degenkolb, already second on Sunday, and France's Nacer Bouhanni, winner of the first stage. Bouhanni leads the overall … [Read more...]

Tejay Van Garderen Withdraws From Paris-Nice With Stomach Issues

Intestinal problems forced Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team to withdraw from Paris-Nice about 80 kilometers into Sunday's opening stage. 'Was Really Just Empty' Van Garderen said he may have picked up a stomach bug on his flight from Nice to Paris on Friday. "At night, I had all these stomach cramps, and bad diarrhea all day yesterday and then a little bit of a fever and no appetite," … [Read more...]

Bloodied Nacer Bouhanni Wins Opening Stage In Paris-Nice

MANTES-LA-JOLIE, France, March 09, 2014 (AFP) - Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni picked himself up off the tarmac following a crash during the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race around the Parisian suburbs on Sunday to take victory and the leader's yellow jersey. The 23-year-old, whose left knee was covered in blood as he crossed the line, triumphed in a bunch sprint at Mantes-la-Jolie … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice In Turmoil From Champion Richie Porte’s Withdrawal

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, March 08, 2014 (AFP) - The Paris-Nice week-long stage race begins on Sunday in turmoil following the last-gasp withdrawal of reigning champion Richie Porte. The Tasmanian was shifted at the last moment to the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy next week after his Sky teammate, Tour de France champion Chris Froome was forced out of that with a back … [Read more...]

Strong BMC Racing Team Around Tejay Van Garderen For Paris-Nice

The BMC Racing Team's roster to help Tejay van Garderen at Paris-Nice features an abundance of talent around him, including Tour Méditerranéen winner Stephen Cummings and Dubai Tour champion Taylor Phinney. Freedom To Go For Stage Wins Van Garderen is coming off a runner-up finish at the Tour of Oman in his first competition of the season. The past fourth- and fifth-place finisher at this … [Read more...]

OPQS Ready for Driedaagse West-Vlaanderen, Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice

06-Mar-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team will be busy this weekend with races in three different countries: Belgium, Italy, and France. The first race is the Belgian race Driedaagse West-Vlaanderen, from March 7th until March 9th. OPQS has a good tradition at this race, with both stage and overall winners in the past. An OPQS rider won the overall in both 2012 and 2013, and also … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Becomes First Australian To Win Paris-Nice

PARIS, March 10, 2013 (AFP) - Team Sky rider Richie Porte became the first winner of Paris-Nice on Sunday as he won the final stage 9.6km time-trial to hold off the challenge of American Andrew Talansky. The 28-year-old began the day with a 32sec lead over Talansky in the prestigious race and came home in a time of 19min 16secs to wrap up the overall victory. He increased his … [Read more...]