Sam Bennett wins final sprint, Arnaud Demare leads GC
Mar 08 2017 12:04 am CET

Sam Bennett wins final sprint, Arnaud Demare leads GC

Bora-hangrohe's Sam Bennett has won the third stage of Paris-Nice. The Irishman was the fastest in the final sprint beating Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).

The stage was 190 kilometers long between Cablis and Chalon-sur-Saone. From the very beginning the day presented itself different from the last two.

After a very harsh two stages with strong winds and heavy rains, the third one was milder with even some sun shining near the end.

A few kilometers into the stage three riders managed to get away from the peloton with ease. Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale), Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) and Ben King (Dimension Data) conformed the breakaway and managed to create a gap of more than 8 minutes with the peloton.

With 25 kilometers to go and as the main bunch was closing in on them, Latour launched an attack and could create a substantial gap. A few kilometers later Combaud rejoined him while King was caught behind by the main group.

The peloton caught the two escapees at one kilometer to go and right away started the fight of the lead trains to put the sprinters in a good position. It was a very strong sprint in which most of the favorites participated, excluding Dylan Groenewegen, who fell in one of the last roundabouts.

The Irish Bennett crossed the finish line centimeters ahead of Kristoff and Degenkolb. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) complete the top five of the day.

FDJ's Arnaud Demare leads the general classification for the third day in a row.
Photo of Sam Bennett (cropped) © BORA - hansgrohe / VeloImages





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