With a headwind upon the peloton for much of the day, Stage 3 of Paris – Nice proved to be a tamer affair than the preceding days. There was still time late on for crosswinds to momentarily fracture the peloton, but in the end it was a sprint that decided the stage with team leader Wilco Kelderman finishing safely within the bunch.
Once the earlier breakaway had been caught, the peloton remained cautious of the changeable conditions, with the battle for positioning causing a minor incident when approaching a pinch point; thankfully with no Team Sunweb riders being seriously injured as a result.
The riders worked hard to protect Wilco and successfully marshalled him to the finish line amongst the ranks of the bunch, subsequently moving up the general classification to sit 22nd as the race edges closer to the mountains.
A 212km route from Vichy to Pélussin awaits the riders tomorrow, offering plenty of rolling terrain and five officially categorised climbs throughout the day.