Giacomo Nizzolo wins windy stage 2 at Paris-Nice, Max Schachmann maintains GC lead
Mar 09 2020 11:32 pm CET

Giacomo Nizzolo wins windy stage 2 at Paris-Nice, Max Schachmann maintains GC lead
Giacomo Nizzolo wins windy stage 2 at Paris-Nice, Max Schachmann maintains GC lead
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NTT Pro Cycling's Giacomo Nizzolo has taken the win of the second stage at Paris-Nice. The rider was the fastest of a reduced group that broke free with 30 kilometres to go due to echelons.

José Díaz Gallego and Jonathan Hivert were the riders that escaped early on the stage and created a gap of more than two minutes with the pack. The duo was caught with 60 kilometres to go by a peloton that was led mainly by Bora-hansgrohe.

With 30 kilometres to go, hard winds affected the peloton and teams like Sunweb and Bora-hansgrohe pulled in front and managed to break it in several groups. Behind, riders like Julian Alaphilippe and Caleb Ewan suffered punctures while others like Nairo Quintana crashed and were left struggling.

The front group included riders like Mads Pedersen, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and the GC leader Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe). At nine kilometres from the finish, former world champion Peter Sagan accelerated in the front group and took his teammates Schachman and Pascal Ackermann with him as well as others like Nibali, Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation).

In the last kilometre, and just as the second group got closer, Schachmann worked for Pascal Ackermann but the German launched his sprint too early and was overtaken by Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling), who took the day's victory. The group of Bardet and Pinot crossed the line 20 seconds behind the winner of the stage while the group of Alaphilippe and Quintana did it one minute and 25 seconds behind.

Schachmann maintained the lead of the General Classification, where he sits 15 seconds ahead of Nizzolo and 21 seconds ahead of Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).






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