Paris-Nice: Sonny Colbrelli wins stage, Arnaud Demare keeps GC lead
Mar 06 2017 11:43 pm CET

Paris-Nice: Sonny Colbrelli wins stage, Arnaud Demare keeps GC lead

Sonny Colbrelli has taken the victory in the second stage of the 2017 Paris Nice. The rider of Bahrain-Merida was the strongest at the final sprint and crossed the line ahead of John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare.

The second stage of the 'Race to the Sun' was 195 kilometers between Rochefort-en-Yvelines and Amilly. The day was wet and windy like the first stage and those conditions forced another eventful journey.

The stage started with some strong winds that forced the peloton to break into echelons and allowed a group of 22 riders to escape. The breakaway was composed by riders like Alexander Kristoff and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Julien Alaphilippe and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), and Sergio Henao and Luke Rowe (Team Sky).

With 138 kilometers to go, this group was caught but soon a new one formed. Only six riders were in that escape including Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Maarten Wynants (Lotto NL-Jumbo). Soon Phillipe Gilbert of Quick-Step Floors followed and managed to catch them.

The escapees stayed together in front until Gilbert attacked with around 20 kilometers to go. The Belgian champion created a gap with the second group that reached the 45 seconds.

With six kilometers to go, Gilbert was finally caught and even if the group was not big, it still had some sprinters like John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL-Jumbo) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

In the final bunch sprint Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli showed to have the better legs and managed to stay in front despite the efforts of the other specialists. The Italian crossed the finish line ahead of Degenkolb, Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Groenewegen and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis).

Demare managed to keep the leader's jersey. Alaphilippe, Gilbert, Kristoff and Gallopin complete the top five of the General Classification.
Photo of Sonny Colbrelli (cropped) by Bahrain-Merida





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