Astana Proteam young sprinter Riccardo Minali tried himself in the sprint and finished 15th.
- Today I felt quite good, my legs were ok. Of course, the last two climbs did the final a bit harder, but I passed it well. My team did a great job for me supporting until the very last kilometer. In sprint, I could not get something more – I found myself a bit boxed in and in that moment, there was not possible to find a way in front. I am a bit disappointed, because my legs were good today. Anyway, it was a nice experience for me. Tomorrow we will do a tough time trial, while I am looking forward to the next day with another flat stage, - explained Riccardo Minali.
Sam Bennett from Ireland became the winner of this stage.
Ruslan Tleubayev, who turned 30 today, has spent his birthday in a racing mode.
- Quite calmly was today, especially comparing with the last two days. A small birthday present for me. Today I felt much better when yesterday and two days ago. Two crazy days, when I did not feel really good. Now, I was able to recover, so in the final I even had some energy to help our young sprinter Riccardo Minali. I’ve got a lot of congratulations today, so I would like to thank everyone for this! – said Ruslan Tleubayev.
The individual time trial of 14,5 km from Beaujeu to the top of Mont Brouilly will be held tomorrow at the Paris-Nice.
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