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Paris-Nice 2022: Mads Pedersen dominates the sprint, adjusted by Coquard and Van Aert


Former World Champion Mads Pedersen won in the third stage of the Paris-Nice 2022 . The arrival of Dun-le-Palestel, very hard in the last km, constantly sloping, sees the Dane dominate all the others, making the most of the team’s work.

Immediately after the start of Vierzon , the three riders who will make up the breakaway of the day take advantage: the beautiful Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), the French Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels KTM) and the British Owen Doull (EF Education-Easypost) . The advantage of the treads also grows beyond 5 ′, which prove to be enough to pass in front on the first two GPM and on the first flying finish line, but not to get to the finish line.

The race comes alive when Alpecin-Fenix ​​and Trek-Segafredo begin to make the pace in the group, coming to take the three fugitives on the third GPM of the day, the Côte de Le Peyroux. The 2.5 km ascent is also decisive for the end of the race, when the strong pace of the Jumbo-Visma leaves no room for some of the sprinters, in particular yesterday’s winner Fabio Jakobsen, but also to Dylan Groenewegen and Sam Bennett.

The last 20 km repeat the script already seen in this Paris-Nice, with the men in yellow-black pulling a very elongated group with high speed. Pierre Latour wins the intermediate sprint 18 km from the end, with Primoz Roglic behind him, thus gaining another 2 ″ over his opponents, making his intentions even clearer in this race. The Dane of the DSM Team Søren Kragh Andersen tries several times, bringing a last attack to 8 km from the finish, but is easily caught up by the group pulled by the Movistar, giving life to the preparation for the final sprint.

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In the last 5 km the teams create the usual chaos to try to stay in front. Trek-Segafredo tries to take the lead from afar thanks to the enormous work of the Belgian Jasper Stuyven who launches the powerful sprint of the former World Champion Mads Pedersen . The Dane manages to resist the comeback of Wout Van Aert and Bryan Coquard to hit the second win of the season. In the last few meters, the yellow jersey Christophe Laporte was the victim of a fall, while maintaining the leadership in the general for 1 ″ over his teammate Van Aert who took a 4 ″ bonus.