On a stage marred by crash at the rain-soaked asphalt was Ivan Garcia Cortina as soon as in Paris-Nice.

For the second time in his career, could Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-McLaren) on Tuesday afternoon link fists of victory in a professional race.

The 24-year-old spaniard was fastest, since an almost total sprinterfelt as expected were dueling on the stage victory at the 3. stage of Paris-Nice.

After 212,5 mostly flat kilometers, he was faster than Peter Sagan (Bora) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty).

Behind them came the Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation) rolling into the finish line in ninth place as the stage best dane. In the overall standings he is number four. He is 25 seconds behind the leading Maximilian Schachmann (Bora).

Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step) was lead-out man for Sam Bennett, but ireren played no role, since the whole thing had to be settled. Here he lay, namely in the asphalt, and Mørkøv got of the bike to help him up.

There were several other crashes along the way on the stage, which for long periods was run on a wet asphalt.

Before positionskampen began, there was also a crash. Around six kilometers from the target, the smoke of nine riders a trip in the asphalt or the somewhat softer road edge. There were no danes involved in the crash.

the Rest of the field treading undeterred, and since the whole thing had to be settled, was Ivan Garcia Cortina so as soon as. He got his first victory in may last year, when he won a stage in the Tour of California.

on Wednesday there is the possibility of shifts in the standings. Here all the riders out on a 15.1 kilometer long time trial in Saint-Amand-Montrond, which is a little under 300 kilometres south of Paris.

the Paris-Nice ends on Sunday.

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