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Thor Hushovd (center) said he will keep hunting stages. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Thor Hushovd (center) said he will keep hunting stages. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Paris-Nice, Stage 3: Hushovd Eighth

11. March 2014

Thor Hushovd registered his second straight top 10 finish at Paris-Nice Tuesday with eighth place in the race's third straight bunch sprint.

The Course:
Finishing on the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – home of the French Grand Prix between 1991 and 2008 – the 180-kilometer race started in Toucy, gateway to the Puisaye region.

The Day's Breakaway:
Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Julien Fouchard (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) and Perrig Quemeneur (Team Europcar) took off after 2.5 km and the last of them – Quemeneur – was not caught until two kilometers to go.

The Finish:
John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano) won the stage ahead of Matthew Goss (ORICA-GreenEDGE) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team). Hushovd's result added to a fifth-place finish on Monday.

In The Overall Standings:
On the strength of a time bonus, Degenkolb took the race lead from Stage 1 winner Nacer Bouhanni (, who is eight seconds back. Moren Hofland (Belkin Pro Cycling) is third, at 12 seconds. Greg Van Avermaet is best-placed for the BMC Racing Team in 14th, 25 seconds off the lead.

What Hushovd Said:
"It was quite a fast finish, with some tricky corners. You weren't sure if you could go fast through them or if you would have to brake. I tried to fight and stay up there. It was not easy. I think I came from too far behind out of the last corner. I tried in the bunch sprints, but at the moment, there are riders faster than me. Now I will take it day-by-day. If there is an opportunity, I will take it."

What Sport Director Yvon Ledanois Said:
"It was the last stage for the sprinters. Thor was top 10 today, but it is also possible for him to win a stage tomorrow or the next day. I am happy that it was a recovery day for Peter Stetina, for Peter Velits, for Steve Cummings and Greg Van Avermaet. Now the objective – the start of Paris-Nice – is tomorrow."

Click here to see photos from the race.

Listen to complete comments from Hushovd and Ledanois on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.