French riders came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th on today's stage of Paris-Nice, but it was a rider from Kazakhstan, Andrey Kashechkin (Team Liberty Seguros), who took the victory. Two of the Frenchmen in the top five had not-so-nice things to say about each other afterwards... And they wonder why they're not winning? Floyd Landis is still in the lead, and it looks as if the first significant victory of his professional career is only a day away.
In the Tirreno-Adriatico, my mother-in-law's favorite cyclist, Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Team Credit Agricole) won today's stage - beating one of the fastest sprinters in the professional peloton, Italy's Alessandro Petacchi, by only a few inches. Spain's Oscar Freire maintains the overall lead going into tomorrow's individual time trial, but he isn't a time trialist - so it's not likely he'll be getting podium kisses on Sunday afternoon... Enjoy it while you can, Oscar!