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Paris-Nice. Stage 3. Long day against wind

The peloton of the Paris-Nice has faced one of two the longest stages of this edition of the race: the riders passed 200 km from Cepoy to Moulins. It was another windy day, but, this time, almost all the road to the finish line there was a strong head wind.

- With the stage like today our main goal was to protect Luis Leon Sanchez and to support him during the whole day. Today he started the race in the green point jersey and we tried our best to help him to get some bonus seconds on the intermediate sprints. It was a very long day with a strong headwind. In the end, Luis Leon is still third in the general classification and from tomorrow the harder stages are coming, - said Laurens De Vreese.

The stage ended with a bunch sprint won by the Irish rider Sam Bennett. Luis Leon Sanchez finished the race in the main group together with Hugo Houle, Laurens De Vreese and Ion Izagirre.

In the general classification Dylan Groenewegen still keeps the yellow jersey, while Luis Leon Sanchez is still 3rd, 11 seconds behind the leader.

The fourth stage of the Paris-Nice will be held tomorrow: 212 km from Vichy to Pélussin.

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