Nacer Bouhanni frustrated by shifting failure in Paris-Nice sprint

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Nacer Bouhanni (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Nacer Bouhanni produced arguably his best sprint of the season to finish second behind Sam Bennett on Paris-Nice's fifth stage into Bollène, but admitted he was disappointed at not being able to reach his top speed because his rear mech wouldn't shift from the 12 sprocket to the 11 as he made his final surge to the line.

"I was set up perfectly by my teammates Clément Russo and Dan McLay. But I had a small mechanical issue, a bit of a problem with the battery. I was in the 54x12 but couldn't get into the 11 sprocket. I was giving everything I had just to stay in Sam Bennett's wheel and just tried to do all I could to hang on to it," Bouhanni explained at the finish line, where he was well beaten by his Deceuninck-QuickStep rival.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).