Michael Matthews wins Paris-Nice stage three and takes overall lead

Australian sprinter gets off the mark in 2015 with stage win, while he also claimed the leader's jersey from Michal Kwiatkowski

Michael Matthews wins stage three of the 2015 Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Watson)

Michael Matthews capitalised on a superb lead out from his Orica-GreenEdge teammates to win stage three of Paris-Nice.

The bonus seconds for crossing the line first also means that Matthews takes over from Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) as the race’s overall leader by just one second.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.