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Nacer Bouhanni wins first stage

Updated: March 4, 2013, 1:10 PM ET
Associated Press

NEMOURS, France -- Nacer Bouhanni of France overtook Italian veteran Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint to the line Monday to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice race.

Bouhanni passed Petacchi in the last 100 meters, completing the flat 121-mile ride from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds. Italian sprinter Elia Viviani finished third in the same time.

Bouhanni took the yellow jersey from countryman Damien Gaudin, winner of Sunday's short prologue. ...

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