Ion Izaguirre now 4th overall after going on the attack in first road stage of Paris-Nice, a day with snow, dirt sections, crosswinds and attacks. Jesús Herrada punctures, loses 4' across the finish.
Luck worked both ways for the two riders shining the most for the Movistar Team at yesterday's opening Paris-Nice TT. Stage one of the 'Course to the Sun' -198km between Condé and Vendôme, with a final circuit including two double sections of dirt roads-, Jesús Herrada was left out of GC contention due to a puncture into the first gravel segment, while Ion Izagirre showed he's coming to the French event determined not to go unnoticed.

The younger of the Ormaiztegi saga was the first of the Blues to join the front as Sky and Tinkoff created a selection through crosswinds with just over 50km to go. Rubén Fernández, Gorka Izagirre and Jesús Herrada later bridged back to the first peloton, with several attacks following the junction. Ion prominently featured into a late move chased down by Geraint Thomas (SKY) himself, the Basque off the front along with Vanmarcke (TLJ) and Gallopin (LTS) into the last dirt section, just 3km from the line.

Démare (FDJ) won the selected group's sprint at the finish, while Michael Matthews (OGE), 5th, conserved his yellow leader's jersey as Ion Izagirre now sits in the 4th place obtained by Jesús at the prologue. Ion's move in the finale, a Cat-3 climb, also awarded him the KOM jersey, which he'll wear on Tuesday  during stage two to Commentry (213.5km).