Arnaud Demare (FDJ) won the first road stage of the Paris-Nice, out-sprinting Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to take the victory on a cold day in Vendome. Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) retained the leader’s yellow jersey. The day started off with snow greeting the riders on the start line in Conde-sur-Vesgre. As soon as the flag dropped for racing to get underway, 4 riders attacked and quickly started to pry open an advantage. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Fixall), Steven Tronet (Fortuneo), Thierry Hupond (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) were the aggressors. At one stage the 4 leaders had over 9.
The UCI World Tour is now in full swing as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka prepare to line-up for the Tirreno-Adriatico. The 7 stage event begins on Wednesday 9 March and the final stage takes place on Tuesday, 15 March. The Tirreno-Adriatico is a race that offers something for all rider types with a team time trial, sprint stages, undulating stages, a mountaintop finish and an individual time trial all squeezed into just 7 days of racing. Stage 1 will be a 22km team time trial and stages 2-4 could be stages where the punchers try to get one over on the sprinters. It will.
Mark Cavendish paired up with Sir Bradley Wiggins to take the gold medal during the Madison Track World Championships. It was a thrilling race with an equally electric atmosphere at the London Velodrome. Thanks to Arne Mill for capturing the special moment..