Bouhanni tops Petacchi to take first Paris-Nice stage
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
NEMOURS, France -- French rider Nacer Bouhanni overtook Italian veteran Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint to the line to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Monday.
Bouhanni overtook Petacchi in the last 100 meters and clocked a time of 4 hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds over the flat 195-kilometer (121-mile) trek from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours. Italian sprinter Elia Viviani finished third in the same time.
Bouhanni took the race leader's yellow jersey from countryman Damien Gaudin, winner of Sunday's short prologue. Gaudin remains second overall ahead of another Frenchman, Sylvain Chavanel.
"To be able to wear the yellow jersey on the Paris-Nice is huge," Bouhanni said.