Paris-Nice: Sickness sweeps through the soaked peloton

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)

The apocalyptic weather at the start of the final stage of Paris-Nice was the nail in the coffin for four more riders this morning, with Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecon), Christophe Laporte and Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) all non starters for the 110-kilometre eighth stage. Meanwhile, as high winds and heavy ran buffeted the start area on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the Groupama-FDJ team only mustered one rider, Rudy Molard , winner of stage six in Vence, after Olivier Le Gac, Ramon Sinkledam, Mickael Delage and Jacopo Gaurnieri all quit on the road to Saturday's summit finish at La Colmiane. On Saturday, Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) became the latest to join his colleagues in sick bay. "I felt bad during the race," Martin said. "My legs had no power and I was struggling to stay with the peloton. Half of the peloton is sick." Now Martin ...

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