- Frenchman Arnaud Demare outsprinted compatriot Julian Alaphilippe to win the opening stage of the week-long Paris-Nice race. But it was a poor day for some of the overall contenders including Australia's Richie Porte. He, Spain's Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet of France were all caught out by a split in the peloton caused by strong winds just 40km into the race. They were forced to chase for more than 100km and eventually came in around a minute behind the winner. Norway's Alexander Kristoff took third on the 148.5km stage around the west Parisian suburbs. Monday's second stage of the 'Race to the Sun' covers 195km from Rochefort-en-Yvelines to Amilly.