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Marcus Burghardt having some fun in the snow

Marcus Burghardt having some fun in the snow (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale's Tom-Jelte Slagter asks if the race will go on

Cannondale's Tom-Jelte Slagter asks if the race will go on (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders get the news that stage 3 of Paris-Nice is canceled

Riders get the news that stage 3 of Paris-Nice is canceled (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jelle Vanendert bundled up against the icy, wet conditions

Jelle Vanendert bundled up against the icy, wet conditions (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC's car covered in snow

BMC's car covered in snow (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky's car in the snow

Team Sky's car in the snow (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Stage 3 of Paris-Nice ended with a snowstorm

Stage 3 of Paris-Nice ended with a snowstorm (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Stage 3 of Paris-Nice ended with a snowstorm

Stage 3 of Paris-Nice ended with a snowstorm (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton rode into a snowstorm in stage 3

The peloton rode into a snowstorm in stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Stage 3 of Paris-Nice gets blasted by the icy hand of winter

Stage 3 of Paris-Nice gets blasted by the icy hand of winter (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky's Ian Stannard braces against the cold.

Team Sky's Ian Stannard braces against the cold. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice.

The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice.

The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders try and shelter themselves from the snow during stage 3 at Paris-Nice.

Riders try and shelter themselves from the snow during stage 3 at Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice.

The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice.

The peloton rides together as the snow falls on Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katucha's Pavel Kochetkov

Katucha's Pavel Kochetkov (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The bunch in action before the snow started to fall during stage 3 at Paris-Nice

The bunch in action before the snow started to fall during stage 3 at Paris-Nice (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra, Nacer Bouhanni and Luke Rowe at the front of the pack during stage 3 at Paris-Nice

Niki Terpstra, Nacer Bouhanni and Luke Rowe at the front of the pack during stage 3 at Paris-Nice (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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An AG2R vehicle on course on the snow

An AG2R vehicle on course on the snow (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep's Nikolas Maes

Etixx-QuickStep's Nikolas Maes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC's Richie Porte climbs off his bike

BMC's Richie Porte climbs off his bike (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC's Richie Porte climbs off his bike

BMC's Richie Porte climbs off his bike (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC's Marcus Burghardt starts a light-hearted snowball fight.

BMC's Marcus Burghardt starts a light-hearted snowball fight. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A Katusha soigneur gets ready for the riders to climb into the team vehicles.

A Katusha soigneur gets ready for the riders to climb into the team vehicles. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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An AG2R soigneur takes clothes to the riders

An AG2R soigneur takes clothes to the riders (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) spends a moment at the team car

Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) spends a moment at the team car (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale's Matti Breschel heads for the team car

Cannondale's Matti Breschel heads for the team car (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale's Matti Breschel jokes for the camera

Cannondale's Matti Breschel jokes for the camera (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Race leader Michael Matthews and Amets Txurruka take cover in an Orica-Greenedge team car during stage 3 at Paris-Nice.

Race leader Michael Matthews and Amets Txurruka take cover in an Orica-Greenedge team car during stage 3 at Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Race leader Michael Matthews and Amets Txurruka take cover in an Orica-Greenedge team car during stage 3 at Paris-Nice.

Race leader Michael Matthews and Amets Txurruka take cover in an Orica-Greenedge team car during stage 3 at Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Race leader Michael Matthews is sheltered in the bunch during stage 3

Race leader Michael Matthews is sheltered in the bunch during stage 3
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Race leader Michael Matthews tests his legs in the bunch during stage 3

Race leader Michael Matthews tests his legs in the bunch during stage 3
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Race leader Michael Matthews is sheltered in the bunch during stage 3

Race leader Michael Matthews is sheltered in the bunch during stage 3
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Jon Izaguirre (C) wearing the best climbers' polka dot jersey rides in the pack during the third stage

Jon Izaguirre (C) wearing the best climbers' polka dot jersey rides in the pack during the third stage
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Amael Moinard, Ben Hermans and Michael Schar warm up in the BMC team vehicle.

Amael Moinard, Ben Hermans and Michael Schar warm up in the BMC team vehicle. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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Cyclists of FDJ team have a break under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Cyclists of FDJ team have a break under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice

Pack rides under the snow during the third stage of the 74th edition of the Paris-Nice
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The peloton makes its way through the snow during stage 3 at Paris-Nice.

The peloton makes its way through the snow during stage 3 at Paris-Nice. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra and Luke Rowe ride in the snow before the stage was canceled.

Niki Terpstra and Luke Rowe ride in the snow before the stage was canceled. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton climbs during stage 3 at Paris-Nice before the snow started to fall.

The peloton climbs during stage 3 at Paris-Nice before the snow started to fall.

Organisers of Paris-Nice were forced to cancel stage 3 after snow began to fall on the course, creating a dangerous situation for the riders. After suffering criticism for not acting to protect riders from extreme weather on stage 1,  the organisers chose to neutralise racing in the feedzone and eventually cancelled it altogether. Although the sprint and mountains points will count, the times will not be taken into account.

"The race jury and direction decided to cancel today's third stage because of the weather conditions," the ASO announced on its website. "The times will not be taken into account but the points scored at the first intermediate sprint of the day and on the climbs completed so far will count.

ASO cycling director Christian Prudhomme said the road was extremely slippery and rider safety was no longer guaranteed.

"We are sorry," Prudhomme said. "That's Paris-Nice. We promise we'll come back to Mont-Brouilly. It's a pity but the riders will start again tomorrow from Julienas."

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Riders appeared genuinely pleased to climb off their bikes in the wintry conditions, but some expressed regret that they were unable to finish the stage.

Rider and team reactions to the Paris-Nice stage 3 cancellation

Laurenzo Lapage, director (Orica-GreenEdge) - "It's something we cannot change, the weather was too bad, we could not race any longer. It was too dangerous with the snow you could not go downhill, even with the car it was dangerous.

"We were confident about the stage today but with these conditions we have to just accept it. The overall from this morning will stay the same, so we will start again tomorrow with stage four."

Alain Gallopin, director (Trek-Segafredo) - "I think the race was good at the beginning, and we were excited to have Laurent [Didier] in the breakaway on a day where it could be interesting. I was behind the group with Laurent and at first it was 14 riders. But when the gap decreased too much he attacked in the climb, and when they neutralized the race they were four guys, and they had three minutes. This was good.

"But after stopping, it was not possible to continue in these conditions. It was a good decision for the organisation to have the respect of the peloton, and for the security of the riders. It was the right decision, no question."

Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) - "It was more than normal to stop the race, but I think that the weather protocol should have been [called] already before. I was in the first break of seven, and then nine more joined us. The harmony was not great in our group, there were too many teams looking after their GC, and I felt quite good and when I saw the gap come down to 1 minute and 10 seconds I attacked.

"Three guys came up to me, and we pulled together, but we didn't know about the snow. On top of the GPM, for the last 2-kilometers, we were already in the snow and then they stopped us. First they told us we would go in the car and make a restart at the bottom, but I mean once you are in the car, and you don't have dry clothes...it was the right decision to cancel, but it should have been taken earlier."

Steven De Jongh, director (Tinkoff) -  "It's disappointing. Yesterday when we looked at the forecast and that you go up to this height you can expect some bad weather but we had been looking forward to today's stage. Yuri [Trofimov] was in the early break to be there for the team. Then from there four guys went away. We started to hear from ahead that it was snowing and then they neutralised it before cancelling. For the moment we're disappointed as we were looking forward to this mountain finish. It's hard not to have the fight we wanted today."

Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) - "Yesterday we already knew the weather was going to be quite horrific today, it turned out exactly like that with rain from the start. We didn't think we were going to get snow but then on the 3rd king of the mountains climb it started snowing. It was really snowing heavily and they had to cancel the stage because even the tarmac was covered in snow so it was quite dangerous. With it being so cold, raining and always wet it wasn't ideal conditions for racing. The plan for today was to get a good result with Nathan Haas and then Serge Pauwels and myself were also going to see what we could do. I actually felt quite good and so did Serge. Nathan was also up there but they cancelled the stage. It is good that they cancelled the stage but it shouldn't come to the point where we are riding wet in minus one-degree snow."

Twitter reactions to Paris-Nice stage 3 snow day

As expected, there were plenty of reactions to the Paris-Nice stage 3 cancellation on Twitter. Before officials decided to cancel the race, Movistar posted a video of their rider pushing on through snowy weather conditions.

 

 

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) also voiced his opinion on Twitter, first to say that it was a shame to have to cancel the stage but the conditions made it impossible to continue racing. 
 

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