Matthew Goss has won the third stage of the Paris-Nice and has taken the overall leader’s yellow jersey after a crash-filled sprint into Nuits-Saint-Georges. Goss came from quite a way behind Galimzyanov and Thomas to take the line first just ahead of an equally hard charging Heinrich Haussler. Liquigas wasn’t so luck as Peter Sagan rolled a tubular while screaming through the final corner into the last stretch. That crash disrupted the sprint slightly and Matt Goss was good to work around it and seal the win.
One a crisp, sunny and beautiful winter day good for any race, let alone Paris-Nice, a 5-man break held the advantage over the peloton for the better part of the day. Coming into the last 12km the break was all but caught until Thomas Voeckler shot away and joined the last-man-standing Kadri and the two of them made a flyer at getting the win. It was all for not as the peloton closed in on them in the final 3km just as Sylvain Chavanel, one of the race favorites was catching on the the tail end after an untimely puncture. From there Sky, HTC and Garmin all battled it out to set up their fast men and it was HTC popping the champagne.
Stage 3 Top Three
1. Matthew Goss (HTC)________5’16”:48
2. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin)____s.t.
3. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha)__s.t.
Overall Top Three
1. Matthew Goss (HTC)___________14′ 22″:34
2. Thomas De Gendt (VacanSoleil)__+:02
3. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin)_______+:06