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Rough but no tumble as Matthews stays in yellow at Paris-Nice

Australia’s Michael Matthews remains in yellow after stage 2 of Paris-Nice. Cofidis rider Nacer Bouhanni was extremely unhappy with the way the stage

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Rough but no tumble as Matthews stays in yellow at Paris-Nice

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Australia’s Michael Matthews remains in yellow after stage 2 of Paris-Nice.

Cofidis rider Nacer Bouhanni was extremely unhappy with the way the stage ended.

The relatively mundane day in the saddle exploded into life and controversy at the finish line.

Bouhanni opened up the sprint at the end of the long, long 213.5 km stage.

It was then Bouhanni and Matthews got into a little rough, but no tumble.

Bouhanni crossed the line first and both riders demonstrated remarkable skill just to remain upright.

The UCI comissaires then convened and pored over the video and judged that Bouhanni should be relegated to third.

He was furious.

Stage 3 sees the riders head to Mount Brouilly for the first summit finish of the race.