Degenkolb wins stage 3 of Paris-Nice

After two straight stages with runner-up finishes, John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano) finally sprinted to victory in stage 3 at Paris-Nice. The 25-year-old German was a clear winner in the field sprint finale ahead of Matt Goss (Orica GreenEdge) and Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) as the 180km stage concluded on the Magny-Cours Formula One circuit.

"That was unbelievable, everything worked out perfectly today," said Degenkolb. "We tried twice already on the first two stages but each time it didn't quite work out, but today it was spot on.

"We kept our nerve in the last few kilometres, taking control on the race circuit. We weren't worried that the race wouldn't come back together so we waited until the final few kilometres to hit it hard.

"I'm really happy that I can finally thank my teammates with this win after giving me complete support over the past few days."

In addition to taking the stage victory, Degenkolb took over the general classification lead from Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr), the stage one winner who had started the day in the yellow jersey, due to the 10-second winner's time bonus. Degenkolb now leads Bouhanni by eight seconds while stage two winner Moreno Hofland (Belkin) holds third overall at 12 seconds.

The stage from Toucy to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours was dominated by an early break comprised of three Frenchman - Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) and Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement). The peloton kept the trio on a tight leash, however, with a maximum advantage allowed of just over three minutes.

The FDJ.fr team of race leader Nacer Bouhanni set tempo for the bulk of the stage and were joined by Astana, Sky and Movistar in the finale to assist in neutralising the escape.

At 11km remaining, with the break's lead under one minute, the escape group splintered as Quemeneur pushed the pace on a slight incline and dropped his two companions. Fouchard and Feillu sat up and were absorbed, while a determined Quemeneur refused to yield and pressed onwards.

At 4.5km to go the peloton turned onto the Magny-Cours auto circuit, home of the French Grand Prix from 1991-2008, with Quemeneur still hanging onto a 30-second lead.

On the sweeping curves of the Formula One circuit the lone Frenchman was no match for a peloton determined to contest a field sprint and was swept up with two kilometres remaining. The teams of the sprinters wound up the pace through the flamme rouge with Giant-Shimano getting it right courtesy of John Degenkolb after near misses on the two previous stages.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano4:27:26
2Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
4Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
5Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
7Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr
8Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
9Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
10Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
11Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
12Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
14Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
17Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale
18Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
21Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
22Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
23Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
24Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
25Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
26Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
27Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
28Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
29Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida
30Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
31Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
32Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
33Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr
34Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
35Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
36Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
37Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale
38Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
40Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
41Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
42Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
43Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
44Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
45Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
46Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
47Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
48Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
49Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol
50Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
51Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
52Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
53Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
54Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
55Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
56Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
57Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
58Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
59Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
60Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
61Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
62Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
63Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
64Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
65Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
66Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
67Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
68Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
69Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
70Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
71Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
72Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
73Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
74Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
75Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
76Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
77Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
78Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
79Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
80Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
81Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
82Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
83Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
84Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
85Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
86Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
87Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp
88Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
89Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
90Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
92Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
93Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
94Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp
95Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol
96Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
98Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
99Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
100Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
101Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
102Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
103Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp
104Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano
105Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
106Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
107Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
108Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano
109Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
110Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
111Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
112Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
113Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
114John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team
115Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo
116Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
117Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
118Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
119Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp
120Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
121Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp
122Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
123Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team
124Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
125George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale
126Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
127Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
128Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
129Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
130Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr
131Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
132Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
133Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
134Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
135Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
136Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
137Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
138Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
139Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky
140Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr
141Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
142Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
143Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:33
144Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:53
145Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:01:02
146Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:06
147Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar
148Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:20
149Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:01:32
150Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:01:39
151Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:55
152Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:03
153Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
154José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
155David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
156Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr
157Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
158Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
159Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr
160Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
161Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky
162Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:33
163Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
164Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNSLars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNSKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNSGianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
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Sprint 1 - Varzy, km. 78
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar3pts
2Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2
3Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement1
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Sprint 2 - La Machine, km. 141
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3pts
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement2
3Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar1
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano15pts
2Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge12
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team9
4Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team7
5Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team6
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha5
7Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr4
8Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team3
9Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2
10Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team1
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Côte de la Chapelle Saint-André (Cat. 3) km. 74
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement4pts
2Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2
3Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar1
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