Sam Bennett Repeats Sprint Victory on Stage 3 of Paris Nice

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) emerged victorious from an epic sprint finish on a long home straight at Moulins/Yzeure on Tuesday’s stage three of the Paris-Nice

Winner of the past two stages, Dylan Groenewegen looked to be on his way to a third straight win and while ultimately he could not keep pace with Bennett, the Jumbo-Visma rider kept the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) was third ahead of Daniel McLay (EF Education First) in fourth with French sprinter Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotel) fifth.

“I knew that the form was there and that I just had to keep on trying. Today the legs were a lot better, it was an easier day but I’m starting to get a bit more used to the cold,” said Bennett.

“It’s nice to come back here and win again,” he said, referring to a stage win here in 2017.

Mark Cavendish pulled out of the strength-sapping windswept stage on Monday and the entire peloton appeared to be weary on a day when the average speed was a slow 38kph.

There were again several crashes and retirements after two brutal days and Tuesday’s most notable victim was Fabio Aru.

With 18km to race, Sky duo Egan Bernal and Michal Kwiatkowski made a concerted bid to get away, but the sprinters’ teams galvanised a catch-up posse to set up the first real bunch sprint on the eight-day race.

Bernal picked up bonus seconds again in the intermediate sprint and is top of the white jersey rankings and a strong bet for overall victory in Nice with only a handful of seconds separating the top spots.

Wednesday’s stage four features four climbs in the final section and ends at Pelussin in the Loire region.

VIDEO: 2019 Paris Nice Stage 3 Highlights

2019 Paris Nice Stage 3 Top 10

1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 11:47:44
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:06
3 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:11
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:16
5 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky 0:00:19
6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:20
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:22
8 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:23
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:24

2019 Paris Nice GC after Stage 3

1 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 05:16:25
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4 Daniel McLay (GBR) EF Education First
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept
6 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo

Tag: parisnice
Mar 17 2019 - NEWS: Team Sky's climbing prodigy Egan Bernal wins Paris-Nice
Mar 16 2019 - NEWS: Sky prodigy Egan Bernal takes control of Paris-Nice
Mar 15 2019 - NEWS: Unstoppable Sam Bennett takes second victory at Paris – Nice
Mar 14 2019 - NEWS: Simon Yates win his first time trial at Paris-Nice
Mar 13 2019 - NEWS: Kwiatkowski in Yellow as Cort Nielsen wins a Hilly Stage 4 at Paris-Nice
Mar 12 2019 - NEWS: Sam Bennett Repeats Sprint Victory on Stage 3 of Paris Nice
Mar 11 2019 - NEWS: Dylan Groenewegen wins second stage in a row at Paris-Nice
Mar 10 2019 - NEWS: Dylan Groenewegen wins Paris Nice opening Stage decimated by Strong Winds
Mar 11 2018 - NEWS: Marc Soler wins Paris-Nice as David de la Cruz wins final stage
Mar 11 2018 - NEWS: Simon Yates wins Queen Stage and takes race lead
Mar 09 2018 - NEWS: Primoz Roglic won Tirreno-Adriatico’s longest stage with late attack
Mar 09 2018 - NEWS: Rudy Molard won a hard-fought solo victory in stage 6 of Paris-Nice
Mar 08 2018 - NEWS: Frenchman Jerome Cousin wins stage 5 from the breakaway at Paris-Nice
Mar 06 2018 - NEWS: Jonathan Hivert from Direct-Energie wins the third stage of Paris-Nice
Mar 05 2018 - NEWS: Dylan Goenewegen powers ahead on stage 2 uphill Sprint
Mar 10 2019 - EVENT: 2019 Paris-Nice
Mar 16 2019 - EVENT: The Paris-Nice Challenge