Saturday March 9, 2013
Switzerland’s Albasini bags Stage Four title
SAINT-VALLIER (France): Switzerland’s Michael Albasini sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of Paris-Nice on Thursday, as US rider Andrew Talansky held onto the leader’s yellow jersey.
Orica’s Albasini streaked clear of the pack to claim the 199.5km stage from Brioude to Saint-Vallier, with Kazakh Maxim Iglinskiy and Peter Velits of Slovakia in second and third.
Garmin’s Talansky came home in the same time as the winner in sixth place to preserve the jersey he claimed in winning the third stage.
Albasini said he was happy with the win, as it gave him an idea of his form: “I didn’t really know how strong I was coming into Paris-Nice. I hadn’t raced since Majorca (in early February) and there’s been a lot of snow at home,” the 32-year-old added.
“The stage went well. I only lost time in the closing stages.”
The next stage takes the riders 176km from Chateauneuf-du-Pape - a holiday destination of medieval popes - to La Montagne de Lure, where the race finishes with a 13.6km-long category one climb. — AFP