Procycling: Paris-Nice... and spring in Florence

With five French riders in the top ten I think French people enjoyed the first stage of Paris-Nice. 
In Italy it wasn't possible to watch it live so maybe I'll have a look at it tonight. Maybe... 
My son is in the mountains skiing with his dad so I have plenty of me-time. I took a long bath, had a good coffee, tidied up my room, worked on my article about Atkison's book, and - for a change! - managed to do my namaz on time. 
The weather is umpredictable in these days: now it's pourring rain, then the sun shines. The big beautiful magnolia in piazza Beccaria doesn't care and is blooming accordingly to the calendar. 
It's springtime in Florence, in Nepal too. My guy had to left Kathmandu to spend some days with his family in Waku, a village in Solo Khumbu, on the way to mount Everest. I'll be there me too in just one month, it sounds almost incredible but yep it's true...

Romain Bardet got desqualified for hanging on the team car...
AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu took responsibility: "It is primarily my fault. Bardet is not at fault. It is unfortunate that he took the piss by the media. He does not deserve it. Everyone knows that Romain is an honest guy."

Julian Alaphilippe (white jersey):
"I am satisfied after this hard day which we rode full gas from the start. We had many guys at the front, they all did a great job and I am proud of them. I did my best on the climb, but Arnaud was the strongest in the sprint. I have no regrets, because the upcoming week will bring other opportunities"


1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 3:22:43  
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:09  
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
5 Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors  
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
8 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
9 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
10 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ  
11 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:19  
12 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
13 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:37  
14 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
15 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ  
16 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47  
17 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
18 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:52  
19 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:01:03  
20 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:04  
21 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
22 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
23 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott  
24 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:11  
25 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:14  
26 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:17  
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:28  
28 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
29 David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:34  
30 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:01:57  
31 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
32 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team  
33 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin  
34 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:03  
35 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:05  
36 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:28  
37 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ 0:02:56  
38 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott  
39 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:03:09  
40 Oliver le Gac (Fra) FDJ 0:03:59  
41 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:43  
42 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
43 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie 0:04:03  
44 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:35  
45 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:05:35  
46 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb 0:09:05  
47 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
48 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
49 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott 0:11:04  
50 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida  
51 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott  
52 Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
53 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:12:20  
54 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal 0:16:10  
55 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
56 Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
57 Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
58 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
59 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
60 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
61 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
62 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
63 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
64 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
65 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
66 Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates  
67 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
69 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
70 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
71 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
72 Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
73 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
74 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
75 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
76 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
77 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
78 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
79 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
80 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
81 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
82 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
83 Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
84 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data  
85 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
86 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
87 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
88 Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
89 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
90 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
91 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
92 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
93 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
94 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
95 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
96 Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
97 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
98 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
99 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
100 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott  
101 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
102 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
103 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe  
104 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
105 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
106 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
107 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Emirates  
108 Antione Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie  
109 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
110 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data  
111 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
112 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
113 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
114 Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
115 Ben King (USA) Dimension Data  
116 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
117 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
118 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data  
119 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
120 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb  
121 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
122 Michael Gogl (Pol) Trek-Segafredo  
123 Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
124 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
125 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
126 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
127 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
128 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
129 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
130 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar  
131 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
132 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
133 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
134 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
135 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
136 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
137 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
138 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
139 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
140 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
141 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
142 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
143 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
144 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
145 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
146 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
147 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
148 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
149 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie 0:17:13  
150 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:17:25  
151 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:18:43  
152 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
153 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
154 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
155 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
156 Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
157 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
158 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
159 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
160 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
161 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
162 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac  
163 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
164 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
165 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac  
166 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team  
167 Simone Petilli (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
168 Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
169 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
170 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
171 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:18:49  
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 3:22:33  
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:04  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:15  
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:16  
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:17  
6 Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:18  
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:19  
8 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
9 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
10 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ

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