Paris - Nice
Stage 1: Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse to Contres - Stage Details

Multiple grand tour stage winner Michael Matthews has finished tenth in a messy bunch sprint on the first stage at Paris-Nice.

A late catch of two breakaway escapees saw many of the sprint trains depleted heading into the final kilometre. Katusha’s Alexandra Kristoff had the pace and the head to pick the right wheels and lead over the line for victory.

After a strong opening prologue, ORICA-GreenEDGE committed for Matthews and the team led him strongly in the final kilometres. The 24-year-old held Kristoff’s wheel after the team peeled off, but eventually lost it in the scrap and settled for tenth.

“We discussed the lead in to the finish on the bus this morning and the team stuck to the plan,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha 5:15:18
2 Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits ST
3 Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Team Europcar ST
4 Heinrich Haussler (AUS) - IAM Cycling ST
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) - Trek Factory Racing ST
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas (SPA) - Movistar Team ST
7 Moreno Hofland (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo ST
8 Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA) - Lampre-Merida ST
9 Ben Swift (GBR) - Team Sky ST
10 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
10 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
33 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
92 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
141 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
144 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:30
150 Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:45
152 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:59
158 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:37