The 3rd stage of the Paris-Nice was cancelled after riders had completed 93km of the scheduled 165km, due to poor weather and dangerous racing conditions. An early breakaway of 16 riders formed as the race moved in the direction of Mont Brouilly. With the temperature only just above zero, riders were pushing on through a torrential downpour. The conditions only got worse as the race went on, even though the riders were making a race of it by slowly bringing the break back from 4 minutes to 1 minute. As the rain turned to snow, the conditions became unbearable and were no longer safe to.
The opening team time trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico went the way of the World Champions, BMC Racing. Etixx-Quickstep were the 2nd fastest team and FDJ finished in 3rd position. The 22km course that started and finished in Lido di Camaiore was really fast and not all that technical with just a handful of corners on route. This meant that some really fast times were posted with very little room for error being accommodated. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were the 3rd team to start on the day, meaning there were no benchmark times from which to gauge our effort. At the finish, our African.