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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
There was further drama for the GC contenders at Paris-Nice on yesterday’s opening stage with Richie Porte (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) among the riders to lose time.
Strong riding in the crosswinds from Lotto Soudal and QuickStep Floors saw a handful of the overall favourites miss a split in the peloton while Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) and Sergio Henao (Sky) were able to stay with the lead group.
Porte was able to mitigate some of his losses by dropping Contador late in proceedings. The Australian finished 47 seconds behind eventual winner Arnaud Demare, while Martin and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) sit 38 seconds ahead of Porte. Contador is another 14 seconds down.
“It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster,” Porte said after the finish line. “We lost some time, but in the end we took a bit more time back on some of the other favourites. The race isn’t over. Today wasn’t ideal, but my team were fantastic and they really controlled that. Tomorrow is another day.”
With three stages in the mountains and a hilly individual time trial to come, Porte’s chances of winning a third Paris-Nice are far from over.
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