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 race in. The organisers first neutralized the stage at kilometer 93 and hoped to restart the stage at kilometer 125 if the weather had improved. This was not the case and the stage was cancelled with no results taken from stage 3.
Racing will resume with tomorrow’s 193km 4th stage to Romans-sur-Isere.
Jacques Janse van Rensburg – Rider
Yesterday we already knew the weather was going to be quite horrific today, it turned out exactly like that with rain from the start. We didn’t think we were going to get snow but then on the 3rd king of the mountains climb it started snowing. It was really snowing heavily and they had to cancel the stage because even the tarmac was covered in snow so it was quite dangerous. With it being so cold, raining and always wet it wasn’t ideal conditions for racing. The plan for today was to get a good result with Nathan Haas and then Serge Pauwels and myself were also going to see what we could do. I actually felt quite good and so did Serge. Nathan was also up there but they cancelled the stage. It is good that they cancelled the stage but it shouldn’t come to the point where we are riding wet in minus one-degree snow.