Nacer Bouhanni wins stage four of Paris-Nice; Michael Matthews retains race lead

Cofidis sprinter Nacer Bouhanni sprints clear of Edward Theuns, Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff to win stage four of Paris-Nice

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage four of Paris-Nice (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

For the second time this week, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) crossed the line first at Paris-Nice, although on stage four the win wasn't taken away from him.

While he clashed shoulders with Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) and was relegated to third on stage two, the Frenchman had no-one to bump into this time as he sprinted clear of his rivals to win by a comfortable margin in Romans-sur-Isere.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.