The first stage of Paris-Nice 2010 goes to New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson. Riding under Team Sky, he beat Grega Bole of Slovenia during a sprint finish that gave him first place for this round.
Henderson recalls the race and shares how happy he was for the victorious result for himself and for Team Sky. “This year I picked up Sky’s first victory, but it’s great to win this time after such a nerve-wracking day. We spent our time accelerating, braking, then accelerating again. I was lucky to find myself out in front.”
However, the yellow jersey is still with Lars Boom, Rabobank’s Dutch cyclist, who won yesterday’s prologue. The peloton had Romain Feillu of France and Albert Timmer of Netherlands leading the way but they fell back after the 146 kilometres mark of the stage.
Alberto Contador finished three kilometers behind. He blames it on his injury last fall because he still feels the pain from it. He explains, “It is not the 17 seconds lost that concerns me right now but mainly how I will feel tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.”
There were also other cyclists who took a stumble like Pierre Rolland and Levi Leipheimer but they all got to finish the race still. The second stage on Tuesday will be between Contres and Limoges, a 201km ride.
Stage One (201.5km)Results:
1. Greg Henderson (NZL) Team Sky 4hr 22mins 17sec,
2. Grega Bole (SLO) Lampre same time,
3. Jeremy Galland (FRA) Saur s.t,
4. Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) Katumpa s.t,
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne, s.t,
6. Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R s.t,
7. Jens Voigt (GER) Saxo Bank s.t.
8. Marco Marcato (ITA) Vacansoleil s.t,
9. Tony Martin (GER) Team HTC s.t,
10. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas s.t.
11. David Millar (GBR) Garmin s.t,
12. Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank s.t,
13. Serguei Ivanov (RUS) Katumpa s.t,
14. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP) Caisse D’Epargne s.t,
15. Cyril Lemoine (FRA) Saur s.t,
1. Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank 4hr 33min 11sec,
2. Jens Voigt (GER) Saxo Bank at 05 secs,
3. David Millar (GBR) Garmin at 13
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP) Caisse D’Epargne at 14,
5. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Liquigas at 15,
6. Greg Henderson (NZL) Team Sky at 20,
7. Levi Leipheimer (USA) RadioShack at 25,
8. Alberto Contador (ESP) Astana at 25,
9. Peter Sagan (SVK) Liquigas at 29,
10. Xavier Tondo (ESP) Cervelo Test Team at 29,
11. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse D’Epargne at 31,
12. Grega Bole (SLO) Lampre at 32,
13. Samuel Sanchez (ESP) at Euskatel at 34,
14. Cyril Lemoine (FRA) Saur at 35,
15. Janez Brajkovic (SLO) RadioShack at 35.