Bernal continues to amaze the fans and Bennett wins

The Colombian gave a new recital in the last kilometers when pulling the peloton and causing cuts. The one from Bora beat the sprint, with Caleb Ewan second.


The third stage of the Paris-Nice returned to offer a golden opportunity to the sprinters, and they knew how to take advantage of it. On a day where the wind again threatened in the closing stages of the day, although without causing as much havoc as in the previous stages, Sam Bennet (Bora Hansgrohe) won the sprint in the town of Molins ahead of Caleb Ewan. In the general there were no changes.

The riders faced today the second longest stage of the current edition of the Paris-Nice: 200 kilometers with exit in Cepoy and arrival in Moulins. After two intense days in terms of cuts caused in the peloton by the fans, the large group took things today more calmly due to the wind against them that hurt them from the beginning of the stage. Still there was tension and falls as the kilometer 3 in which Marc Soler was injured, fortunately, without serious consequences. The pace was slow, with an average speed that did not reach 35 km / h after the first two hours of race.

Tras a first attempt to escape eight riders who were quickly absorbed by the peloton (Thomas de Gendt, Tao Geoghegan, Olivier Le Gac, Tim Declerq, Reto Hollenstein, Anthony Turgis, Kevin Reza and Ramunas Navardauskas), only dos brave made up the definitive break of the day: the own Navardauskas and Alessandro Fedeli, both partners in the Delko Marseille Provence KTM.

Sin giving place to surprises, the peloton was reducing the advantage of the head duo (it did not become more than 4 minutes) gradually until leaving the race regrouped to 39 kilometers from the finish line. Shortly after, 31 kilometers from the finish, a massive crash in the back of the peloton produced an cut in which runners such as Marc Soler, Simon Yates (could reconnect with the peloton) and Philippe Gilbert were involved. Un Narrowing of the road to the passage by a bridge caused the montonera.

During a few minutes, the teams that commanded the peloton did not want to make more firewood of the fallen tree and redujeron the rate, favoring that some runners involved in the massive fall were reinstated. As yesterday, Bernal was the smartest in the class and returned to rebound two seconds in the last intermediate sprint, along with Kwiatkowski.

But that did not end the thing for the young Colombian of the Sky team, since Bernal returned to show off in the final kilometers when the fans appeared. He pulled with anger at the peloton's head to provoke tension and select the career, getting some cuts in the big group. The victory in Moulins was decided on the sprint, but today there was a change of protagonist. Groenewegen started from far behind and sank in the final meters, a circumstance that took advantage of Sam Bennet to beat everyone with authority. Caleb Ewan was second and the Jumbo Dutchman Visma maintained the yellow leader's jersey. Tomorrow, first half-day in which more battle is coming.



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