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Clément Champoussin, 16th in the general classification and 2nd in the best young rider classification, suffering from a flu, will not start the 5th stage of Paris-Nice. After Ben O'Connor, who did not start stage 4 for the same reasons, this is the second withdrawal for the AG2R CITROËN team in two days.

[su_quote cite=Julien Jurdie]

Julien Jurdie

"The bad news is piling up. A flu virus is circulating in the peloton and the AG2R CITROËN team is one of the teams affected. There is a lot of frustration because on the evening of the third stage, the lights were green and we were heading for Nice with the feeling that we had something to do in this Paris-Nice. That is part of the sport. We will continue to fight for the best possible overall classification at the finish in Nice."[/su_quote]