Paris-Nice
Stage 3: Toucy - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours - Stage Details

Matt Goss delivered the first stage podium for ORICA-GreenEDGE at Paris-Nice, sprinting to second on the Magny-Course Formula One circuit. After running second on the opening two stages, John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won stage three ahead of Goss and JJ Rojas (Movistar). The bonus seconds that accompanied Degenkolb’s stage victory moved the German into the yellow leader’s jersey following three days of racing.

A trio of French riders dominated the early action. Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) broke clear from the bunch. They were never allowed to extend their lead beyond the three minute mark as FDJ.fr set a steady tempo at the front of the field.

Inside the final ten kilometres, the leaders’ advantage had shrunk to just under a minute. Quenmeneur accelerated away from his break-mates and doggedly pushed on toward the finish as the peloton overtook Fouchard and Feillu. The last man standing from the early escape entered the Magny-Cours Formula One auto circuit with a 30” advantage over the field and 4.5 kilometres left to race.

Simon Gerrans and Mat Hayman kept the pace high and the lead-out train well-positioned at the front as the peloton overtook Quemeneur at the two kilometre mark. Giant Shimano led the field during the final kilometre, leaving Degenkolb to unleash his sprint. Goss ran out of road in an attempt to respond to the gap Degenkolb’s acceleration immediately created.

“Gossy is a pure sprinter, so he’s never happy with any result that’s not a win. Having said that, his morale is quite good at the moment. He knows he’s proven that the form is there. We knew it was, and now he’s confirmed it. He’s had as much bad luck as anyone, so it’s definitely a good thing that he finally got a chance to sprint – even better that he ran second. We’re getting closer to that stage win.” - Sport Director Dave McPartland

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 John Degenkolb (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano 4:27:26
2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
4 Borut Bozic (Slo) - Astana Pro Team ST
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) - Team Katusha ST
7 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ.fr ST
8 Thor Hushovd (Nor) - BMC Racing Team ST
9 Gert Steegmans (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
10 Moreno Hofland (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
53 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
55 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
61 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
129 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
141 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
143 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:33
160 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:03