March 08, 2017 (Chalon-sur-Saône) – Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgroghe) snatched the most significant victory in his career to date when he overpowered a world-class field of sprinters in the 190km third stage of Paris-Nice on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider surged at the right time to upstage Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Germany’s John Degenkolb (Trek) and Marcel Kittel (Quick Step) while Australia’s Michael Matthews was fifth. France’s Arnaud Demare (FDJ) had to settle for sixth, but he retains his overall leader’s yellow jersey before a decisive time trial in Mont Brouilly on Wednesday.
Canadians Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling) both finished in the bunch, crossing the line in 37th and 47th, respectively. Duchesne now sits 93rd in the General Classification, still 30:40 behind race leader Demare. Woods trails Demare by 40:04, jumping three places to finish the day in 160th overall.
Stage 4 consists of a 14.5km individual time trial starting in Beaujeu and finished at the top of the 3km climb at 7.7% up to Mont Brouilly.
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:31:14
2, Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
3. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
5. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
37. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
47. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
GC after Stage 4
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 12:14:42
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:06
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:13
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:17
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:19
93. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 0:30:40
160. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:40:04