LottoNL–Jumbo Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory on the 187.5km second stage of the Paris-Nice, which finished in Vierzon today.
The Dutchman beat Quick-Step Floors’ Elia Viviani (Italy) and Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel (Germany) into second and third respectively.
With just 12km left Katusha-Alpecin’s Tiago Machado (Portugal) and Bahrain Merida’s Manuele Boaro (Italy) made a brief split from the peloton before they were caught with four kilometres remaining.
A train of four Quick-Step Floors riders led the peloton for a short stint, before they were shut down with just a kilometre to go. The rest of the peloton strung out in a tedious last sprint, where Groenewegen just managed to come out on top.
“I feel very good,” Groenewegen said after the race. “The team was very strong and they did a great job in the final sprint.
“It was a hard sprint on a small climb in the end, but I was able to go all the way, which was nice.
“The stage was very easy but the final was hard. We got into a good position in the final corner and then I managed to sprint to victory.”
Groupama FDJ’s Arnaud Demare retains the yellow jersey after winning stage one yesterday.
View provisional results below.
1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL–Jumbo, Netherlands)
2. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors, Italy)
3. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal, Germany)
4. Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb, Germany)
5. Arnaud Demare (FDJ, France)
6. Mike Teunissen (Team Sunweb, Netherlands)
7. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates, Norway)
8. Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing, Luxembourg)
9. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo, Germany)
10. Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida, Italy)
1. Arnaud Demare (FDJ, France) 7:58:57
2. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida, Spain) 7:59:04
3. Christophe Laporte (Solutions Credits, France) 7:59:05
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors, France) 7:59:07
5. Mike Teunissen (Team Sunweb, Netherlands) 7:59:10
6. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal, Belgium)
7. Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale, France)
8. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott, Colombia)
9. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida, Spain)
10. Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain-Merida, Australia)