Swiss cyclist Stefan Bissegger won the third stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 14.4km individual time trial around Gien, and in doing so moved into the yellow jersey. 

The up-and-coming 22-year-old had less than a second to spare over Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Remi Cavagna and now takes the leader's jersey from Michael Matthews, level on time Cavagna and with a six-second lead over pre-race favourite Primoz Roglic, who finished finished third in the time trial.

Matthews was still leading at the intermediate time check but surrendered the yellow jersey after finishing 23 seconds behind at the finish.

There was no difference at the top of the points classifications, with Sam Bennett retaining the green jersey, level on 21 points with Denmark's Mads Pedersen, with neither man adding to his tally. 

Bissegger won the time trial in a time of 17:34.120, less than a second ahead of Remi Cavagna 

Bissegger’s first victory as a professional cyclis also earned him 15 points and pushes him up to fourth in the green jersey, four points off Matthews in third. He also claimed the white jersey as the best young rider. 

As expected, Bennett dropped down the general classification after a time that was a minute and 24 seconds adrift of Bissegger's, but the primary concern is points and stages for the Carrick-on-Suir man, who sprinted clear on the opening stage for victory.

"I was just trying to make the time limit and save the legs for another day," he said afterwards.

"I did not want to waste some energy here. Now I will get through tomorrow and try to win Thursday, as I was disappointed not to be up there yesterday. I looked where the sprints are tomorrow and they're on climbs so it won't be doable. For now it's just trying to go through the next stage and we'll see."

Tomorrow’s action is one for the climbers, a hilly stage with a summit finish at Chiroubles, before Bennett and fellow sprinters come back into focus on stage five from Vienne to Bollène, though an uncategorised climb in the last 10km could be crucial in the final shake-up.