Paris-Nice 1: The Fair of Falls

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First day of Paris-Nice. A flat stage in the sun. At the start Andy Schleck said: "I'm super motivated. I just need to be careful until day 4. Then a lot can happen". 
Laborie by Bretagne Séché spent the day in a solo break-away gaining till 9'.
Nervous race, several crashes involved the peloton: Nacer Bouhanni needed the race doctor's help, Maxime Monfort fell in a later crash and had to chase.  
BMC van Garderen because of stomach problems. BMC DS Max Sciandri said: "He was feeling unwell but we hoped that he would be able to make it to the finish as it was an easy stage. He just couldn't. It was on his priority list so it's a big disappointment. He's now going home and will have to reassess the situation. Catalunya should be his next race. We still have a few good support riders like Stephen Cummings who can still go for the GC and others like Greg Van Avermaet or Taylor Phinney who can look for stage wins."
Laborie got caught 50 km to go. He had the time to assure himself the first Mountain Jersey of the race.
Crashes and falls really marked this stage. Andy Schleck kept riding at the back of the peloton, in a risky place and got finally involved in a big crash. The peloton split in three groups, Andy was in the 3rd, at 50'' from the head of the race. At the finish their delay was 1'50''. 
Frank Schelck was in the 2nd group: delay at the finish 1'09''.
Wonderful victory by Nacer Bouhanni who crashed, chased and sprinted with guts and determination. 

I talked with Andy after the stage and he confirmed me he didn't fall but had to stop for a very long time. He's ok: that's the important thing.

What  Simon Gerrans ‏said:
"Like a lot of guys, unfortunately I got caught up in a stupid crash on the last lap. Today's finish circuit was a circus."
What Taylor Phinney said:
"Hurdled my handlebars THRICE today avoiding crashes. I realize that this is not the optimal way to avoid a crash, however, I remain unharmed"


1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 3:53:11
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
6 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
7 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
9 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
10 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
12 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
14 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
15 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
16 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
17 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
18 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
19 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
20 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
21 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
22 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
24 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
25 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
26 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
27 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
28 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
29 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
30 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
31 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
32 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
33 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
34 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
35 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
36 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
37 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
38 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
39 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
40 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
41 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
42 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
43 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale
44 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
45 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
46 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
47 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
48 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
49 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
50 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
51 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
52 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
53 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol
54 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
55 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
56 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
57 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
58 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
59 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
60 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
61 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
62 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky
63 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
65 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
66 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
67 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol
68 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
69 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp
70 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
71 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
72 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
73 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo
74 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
75 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
76 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
77 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
78 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale
79 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
80 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
81 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
82 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
83 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
84 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
85 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
86 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
87 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
88 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
89 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
90 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr
91 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano
92 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
93 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
94 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:16
95 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:17
96 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:24
97 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:25
98 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar
99 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:48
100 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano
101 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:01:03
102 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:01:09
103 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
104 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
105 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
106 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
107 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
108 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
109 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky
110 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
111 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
112 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
113 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
114 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
115 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale
116 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
117 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
118 Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
119 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp
120 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp
121 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
122 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team
123 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
124 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp
125 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
126 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
127 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
128 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
129 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp
130 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
131 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
132 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
133 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
134 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
135 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
136 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
138 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team
139 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
140 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr
141 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
142 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
143 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
144 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
145 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
146 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
147 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
148 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
149 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
150 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
151 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
152 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
153 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
154 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
155 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
156 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
157 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr
158 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:47
159 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:50
160 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:12
161 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
162 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
163 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:14
164 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:07:11
165 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:07:45
166 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp
167 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:19:16
DNF Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team

10 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:10
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 3:53:01
2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:01
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:04
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:08
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:09
6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:09
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10
8 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:10
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:10
Bouhanni's knee!

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