Paris-Nice 2017: Colbrelli outsprints Degenkolb after rain soaked race
At 195 kilometres, the 2nd stage in Paris-Nice is a rain soaked race in horrible conditions. Echelons all over the place, but eventually the race boils down to a bunch sprint with Sonny Colbrelli fastest. Arnaud Démare retains in the overall lead, while Richie Porte is out of GC-contention. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 2nd stage Paris-Nice
1. Sonny Colbrelli (ita)
2. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
3. Arnaud Démare (fra) s.t.
4. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
5. Christophe Laporte (fra) s.t.
6. Matti Breschel (den) s.t.
7. Oliver Naesen (bel) s.t.
8. André Greipel (ger) s.t.
9. Alexander Kristoff (nor) s.t.
10. Evaldas Siskevicius (lit) s.t.
103. Richie Porte (aus) + 14.16
137. Nicolas Roche (irl) s.t.
GC after 2nd stage
1. Arnaud Démare (fra)
2. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.06
3. Philippe Gilbert (bel) + 0.17
4. Alexander Kristoff (nor) + 0.19
5. Tony Gallopin (fra) s.t.
6. Romain Hardy (fra) + 0.21
7. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.23
8. Sergio Henao (col) s.t.
9. Rudy Molard (fra) s.t.
10. Kristjan Koren (slo) + 0.31
15. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 1.01
17. Warren Barguil (fra) + 1.17
19. Alberto Contador (spa) + 1.18
20. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
21. Simon Yates (gbr) s.t.
27. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 2.42
In horrible weather Naesen, Soler, Koren, Simon, Oomen, Mori, Berhane, Hardy and Delio Fernandez go on the attack on the only climb of the day. Hardy is the first to crest, thus cementing his KOM-lead.
The pace is high and the peloton breaks in several group. The first echelon, with leader Démare, brings back the escapees. After a number of changes the first group features GC-favourites Gallopin, Alaphilippe, Zakarin and Henao. Bad news for the likes of Contador, Simon Yates and Dan Martin, who are stuck in a group 2 minutes down on the leaders. After a long chase they are back in contention with around 50 kms to go. But not Porte though, the Tasmanian is 5 minutes down on the front of the race.
When the groups melt together Wynants, Gallopin, Bystrøm, Sarreau and Siskevicius are off, while Gilbert re-joins them. Sarreau punctures and the five leaders race to a lead at over 1 minute.
When the gap is down to half a minute, Gilbert goes solo but he is reeled in with 7 kms remaining and the race boils down to a bunch sprint. 26-yo Sonny Colbrelli tops Degenkolb and Démare to take his first win in the 2017 season.
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