Paris-Nice

Stage 3) Chalette-sur-Loing - La Châtre

FR France, Tuesday 10 March 2020
212.5 km

Bad luck for Bennett in Paris-Nice

Bad luck for Bennett in Paris-Nice

For our team, the history of Tuesday’s stage – the second-longest of this edition – was written inside the last 200 meters, on the uphill drag to La Châtre, a town which in the past had played host to finishes at the Tour de l’Avenir and Tour de France: just as he was preparing to launch his sprint, Sam Bennett was shoved into the barriers by Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation) and went down, where he remained for a couple of minutes, before eventually crossing the line surrounded by his teammates and in pain.

Before that happened, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step boys had been more than prominent at the front of the bunch, controlling the breakaway with the one and only Tim “El Tractor” Declercq and splitting the field in the crosswinds thanks to some massive accelerations of Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels and Yves Lampaert, while at the same time protecting and keeping the Irishman in a good position as things became more and more scrappy.

One of the main favourites on what was going to be the first bunch sprint of this year’s Paris-Nice, Bennett was up there in the tense and aggressive finale, but that incident stopped him from fighting for the win. After the stage, Sam was examined by the Deceuninck – Quick-Step medical staff, and fortunately, it was soon revealed that he hadn’t sustained any fractures, just a gash in one of his right hand fingers, which required four stitches.

“I lost some skin and needed those stitches, because when I went into the barrier, I hit the metal part, but luckily, everything else seems pretty ok. In the beginning, as I was lying on the road and there was a bit of shock, as I had no idea how serious it was, but it’s a good thing nothing is broken. I will continue the race and start Wednesday’s individual time trial. I’m quite happy it will be a short stage tomorrow and I hope things will turn around for me at some point”, a confident Bennett said at the team hotel.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
5:49:55
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Andrea Pasqualon
Circus - Wanty Gobert
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4 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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5 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
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6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Anthony Turgis
Team Total Direct Energie
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8 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
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9 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
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10 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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34 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
77 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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79 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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83 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:24
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
13:12:01
2 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:13
3 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
0:24
4 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:25
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:26
6 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:28
7 Krists Neilands
Israel Start-Up Nation
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8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:31
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
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10 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:36
23 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34
27 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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28 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:10
39 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:05
45 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:34
50 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:25
57 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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75 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:20
1 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
3 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
16 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
5 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
6 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
13 pt
7 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
13 pt
8 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
12 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
12 pt
10 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
29 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
13:12:27
2 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
1:24
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
4 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
1:53
5 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
2:59
6 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:10
7 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:02
8 Dušan Rajović
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
9:16
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
9:26
10 Nils Eekhoff
Team Sunweb
10:42
1 Jonathan Hivert
Team Total Direct Energie
22 pt
2 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
7 pt
3 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
4 pt
4 Tom Devriendt
Circus - Wanty Gobert
4 pt
5 Dries Van Gestel
Team Total Direct Energie
3 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
7 Juraj Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt
8 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
2 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
1 pt
10 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
1 pt
1 Israel Start-Up Nation 39:37:21
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:06
3 EF Pro Cycling 1:00
4 Team Sunweb 1:36
5 Trek - Segafredo 2:54
6 Groupama - FDJ 2:58
7 Bahrain - McLaren 3:02
8 NTT Pro Cycling 3:30
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:09
10 Lotto Soudal 4:12

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