Michael Matthews takes Paris-Nice stage two win in controversial finish

Nacer Bouhanni relegated for an irregular sprint as race leader Matthews claims his second win of the race

Nacer Bouhanni and Michael Matthews collide as they sprint for the line at Paris-Nice 2016 stage two. Bouhanni was later relegated to third for an irregular sprint and Matthews awarded the win.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) took his second win and retained the overall lead at the 2016 Paris-Nice after he was involved in controversial finish with Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis.

The Australian finished in second on the road behind Bouhanni, but was subsequently awarded the win as the Frenchman was relegated for an irregular sprint.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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