Greipel sprints to Paris-Nice stage

Germany’s Andre Greipel sprinted to the second stage of Paris-Nice as a late breakaway, featuring Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, was reeled in.

Thomas, along with Tony Martin and Lars Boom, opened a 13-second lead with just over five kilometres to go.

But they were swallowed up before Australia’s Greg Henderson gave his Lotto-Soudal team-mate Greipel an ideal lead-out to hold off Arnaud Demare.

Etixx-QuickStep’s Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski remains top overall.

Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins lost time, slipping from 15 to 27 seconds off the pace as he trailed home 142nd on the 172km stage.

“Paris-Nice is a big race and it usually has quite a few top sprinters,” Greipel, who has never won in the race before, said.

“I hadn’t competed in it for several years, so I am delighted.”

Wednesday’s third stage will be contested over a 179km (111-mile) route to Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule, featuring three Category-Three climbs.

Paris – Nice Stage 2 results

1.
Andre Greipel

(Germany / Lotto) 4:30:18″

2.
Arnaud Demare

(France / FDJ) ST

3.
John Degenkolb

(Germany / Giant)

4.
Michael Matthews

(Australia / Orica)

5.
Jose Joaquin Rojas

(Spain / Movistar)

6.
Nacer Bouhanni

(France / Cofidis)

7.
Moreno Hofland

(Netherlands / Lotto)

8.
Alexander Kristoff

(Norway / Katusha)

9.
Jonas Van Genechten

(Belgium / IAM Cycling)

10.
Niccolo Bonifazio

(Italy / Lampre)

Classification after Stage 2

1.
Michal Kwiatkowski

(Poland / Etixx – Quick-Step) 5:22:58″

2.
Rohan Dennis

(Australia / BMC Racing) ST

3.
John Degenkolb

(Germany / Giant) +2″

4.
Tony Martin

(Germany / Etixx – Quick-Step) +7″

5.
Michael Matthews

(Australia / Orica) +9″

6.
Luis Leon Sanchez

(Spain / Astana) +10″

7.
Lars Boom

(Netherlands / Astana)

8.
Sylvain Chavanel

(France / IAM Cycling)

9.
Tom Dumoulin

(Netherlands / Giant) +13″

10.
Geraint Thomas

(Britain / Team Sky)

11.
Tejay van Garderen

(US / BMC Racing) +14″

13.
Richie Porte

(Australia / Team Sky) +15″

99.
Bradley Wiggins

(Britain/ Team Sky) +42″

Michal Kwiatkowski

Overall leader Kwiatkowski briefly held the white jersey – for the best young rider – at last year’s Tour de France

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/31818704

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