Australian sprinter Matthew Goss has won the third stage of the Paris-Nice race on Tuesday.

His stage win in the 202.5km ride from Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire to Nuit-Saint Georges in Burgundy meant he claimed the leader's jersey.

Goss edged out compatriot Heinrich Haussler and Russian Denis Galimzyanov in a sprint that saw one of the overall race favourites Peter Sagan of Slovakia fall along with several other riders.

He replaced Belgian rider Thomas de Gendt in the overall lead.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished 26th today and is 16 seconds down on the overall yellow jersey in 21st position.