Cort sprints to tenth place on a steadier stage three in Paris-Nice

Tue 7 Mar 2017

With a welcomed absence of heavy rain and wind on stage three Paris-Nice, the 190kilometre day concluded with a bunch sprint where Magnus Cort placed 10th for ORICA-SCOTT.

Unlike the hectic previous two stages effected by harsh weather, today was fairly straight forward with a breakaway animating the entire stage, returning to the peloton with just one kilometre remaining.

“We tried with Magnus in the sprint and it was a hectic sprint,” said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “The last four kilometres where a little bit down hill so it was a bit of a dangerous sprint and positioning was really important.”

“It wasn’t a really hard day with an uphill sprint, it was really a sprint where you need some luck and the position needs to be perfect for the last 200metres.”

With half the team looking after Magnus for the sprint the other riders worked to protect Simon Yates who finished the stage safely in the bunch to remain one minute 18seconds down on the overall and in 20th place.

“The race was steadier today,” Lapage continued. “The weather was a lot better and good for the guys, you could see the riders were happy about this after the first two stages.”

“Now the race becomes hillier and with the hard time trial tomorrow.”

How it happened:

After two intense raining stages the riders finally had some relief with a dry start to stage three and an early breakaway establishing within the opening five kilometres.

Ben King (Dimension-Data), Roger Latour (Ag2R) and Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) quickly rode out to a maximum advantage of eight minutes with the peloton relaxed behind, setting a soft pace.

The trio dropped down to just two rider with 20kilometres remaining and after the steady chase from various different teams including the current race leaders FDJ, the duo were eventually caught underneath the flamme rouge just one-kilometre to go.

Dropped off by his teammate Jens Keukeleire, Cort launched out of the wheels and contested the frantic sprint for the line finishing in a respectable tenth spot.

Tomorrow’s stage four sees the riders tackle a individual time trial, a day likely to mix up the general classification further.

Paris-Nice stage three results:

1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:31:14
2. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) St
3. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) St
24. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) St

General classification after stage three:
1. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) 12:14:42
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +0:06
3. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)+0:13
20. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:18

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