The 1st stage of Paris-Nice ended in a photo-finish that was won by Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). Gorka Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) placed second followed by Christophe Laporte (Cofidis). The first stage of Paris-Nice started in Chatou and ended in Meudon, with only three category 3 climbs through the 135km stage. The final 1,9km up the cobbled Avenue du Château provided a gripping end to the stage. For Team Dimension Data, the aim for the day was to get Tom-Jelte Slagter into a good position for the final 5,4% gradient climb to the finish line. A trio of Pierre Rolland (EF-Drapac), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Jurgen Roelandts (BMC.
A cold and wet Strade Bianche was always going to be on the cards, given the past week’s weather in Italy. Here’s all the action from the day..