Alexa

Chavanel wins stage for lead in Paris-Nice

Chavanel wins stage for lead in Paris-Nice

France's Sylvain Chavanel of the Quick Step team seized the overall lead of the Paris-Nice race by winning the third stage on Tuesday.
Chavanel contributed to a stunning tactical coup initiated by the Rabobank team that was fatal to Spaniard Alberto Contador, who was wearing the leader's yellow jersey before the start of the 178-kilometer stage from Orval.
A sudden acceleration by seven men from Dutch outfit Rabobank blasted the peloton some 40 km from the finish and while Astana's Contador could not follow the pace, the in-form Chavanel went with them.
He was then the most active rider in a leading group of 10 riders and outsprinted Rabobank's Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain to cross the line one minute and nine seconds ahead of the pack.
Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld of Rabobank was third.


Updated : 2021-04-15 22:23 GMT+08:00