Paris-Nice Stage 2: Hectic Bunch Sprint8. March 2016, Commentry (FRA) — Road Team
A bunch sprint ended another stressful day in the saddle on stage 2 of Paris-Nice with race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) taking the win in a dramatic sprint to the line.
Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) crossed the line first but was relegated to third for deviating from his line in the sprint. Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) was bumped up to second place following the ruling.
Richie Porte crossed the line safely in the front group and remains in the top ten on the General Classification, sitting in tenth place, 27 seconds behind Matthews.
Porte was happy with how the stage panned out.
“It was a slightly less stressful today than it was yesterday. The guys really got around me today and we rode really well as a team. It was such a long day out there and nothing interesting really happened until 60km to go when the peloton started working harder to bring the break back. It was a tricky finish but the the guys kept me out of harms way,” Porte said.
Some more tough weather conditions are forecast for stage 3 which will also see the peloton leave the flat terrain and have their first taste of climbing.
“Tomorrow’s stage is quite hard and from the sounds of it, the weather isn’t the best either, so it should be another typical Paris-Nice stage. But we’ll be another day closer to sunny Nice so that’s a good thing.”
Stage 3 is 165,5KM from Cusset to Mont Brouilly.
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