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Bouhanni: Now I can focus on my victory and move forward


After race officials relegated Nacer Bouhanni for irregular sprinting during stage 2 at Paris-Nice on Tuesday, the Frenchman redeemed himself with a clean sprint to win stage 4 in Romans-sur-Isere on Thursday. Bouhanni said he’s moved on from the controversial sprint two days ago and that he’s focused on getting more results.

“Stage 3 was disappointing because I was disqualified and that was massively disappointing, but this [victory] does somewhat make up for it,” Bouhanni said after finishing the sprint.

During the final 100 metres of the sprint 2 in Commentry, Bouhanni deviated from his line, from the right-hand side of the road over to the left where Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) was positioned. He then leaned into Matthews, who was coming up next to the barriers, as the pair approached the finish line, and very nearly crashed both of them.

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Bouhanni crossed the line first, followed by a visibly angry Matthews and then Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) in third. Race officials immediately relegated Bouhanni to third place for irregular sprinting.

In Romans-sur-Isere, however, it was a smooth finish as Katusha and Cofidis were the dominant lead-out trains coming into the last five kilometres. Bouhanni’s sprint was relatively uncontested and he won the stage in a clean sprint ahead of Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

“In sport everybody wants to win and so I have to move on with no regrets and just realise that it’s just one of those things, it just didn’t work out for me on that occasion. Now, I can focus on the victory and move forward,” Bouhanni said.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com





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