When the hell will Paris Nice have such a weak lineup again? I'm also very disappointed, let's hope he can get it right for the Ardennes in some other smaller races or Catalunya. Let's hope at least Quintana stays upright.
I'm not sure it was a bad sprint necessarily. Petacchi darted off to the left, Renshaw followed for a few metres, and then darted down the inside. The gap was then closed. If Renshaw rode through it, and they closed on him there would have been a fall THEN it would have been Petacchi's fault for not holding his line in the sprint...I think he left his line enough as it was.
Taaramäe said in his blog that he wasn't dropped cause of his form. He said he felt pretty good but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He said that he tried to be in front of the peloton for the most of the time but couldn't in the last 30 km's. There we're lot of punching and fighting for positions and lots of crashes so he was bit scared. Then the group split and he was in wrong one. Maybe him fracturing his elbow last season which ruined 2012 for him has made him careful.