After an extremely tough stage 1 in ‘‘Paris-Nice’‘:http://www.letour.fr/paris-nice/2016/us/ the Frenchman Arnaud Démare thrilled the home fans with a sprint victory in Vendôme.
The 195k route was littered with dirt roads and punchy climbs and far from fitting the description as a pure sprint.
Stage 1 of Paris-Nice is now Streaming LIVE for NBCSN Subscribers
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The eventual stage winner had a very strong lead out to thank for his victory.
Sky’s Ben Swift was a powerhouse, but was pipped on the line.
Snow flurries on stage one Paris-Nice today. This is
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Aussie cyclist Michael Matthews wins the Paris-Nice Prologue beating pre-stage favourite Tom Dumoulin by a second pic.twitter.com/aKiJPyWVIB— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) March 6, 2016
The Orica-GreenEdge rider Australia’s Michael Matthews held on to the yellow jersey he won in Sunday’s prologue.