Overview

Paris-Nice

Stage 2) Les Bréviaires > Bellegarde

FR France, Monday 11 March 2019
163.5 km

Paris-Nice: Gilbert sprints to third in the crosswinds

Paris-Nice: Gilbert sprints to third in the crosswinds

The strong and merciless crosswinds of north-central France battered again the peloton on the second day of the French World Tour race, leading to crashes, mechanicals, abandons, turnarounds and significant losses in the general classification for many of the pre-race contenders, who are out of the equation even if the race is yet to hit the mountains following this tense-filled stage ridden at an average speed of 51.2km/h.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step was the first team to shred the bunch just 30 kilometers into stage 2, which journeyed from Les Bréviaires to Bellegarde, a small town in the Loiret department that got to feature for the first time in Paris-Nice. Despite a regrouping, chaos ensued once again, leaving riders scattered all over the road and turning the stage into a cat and mouse game between the leaders and the chasing groups. At one point, Philippe Gilbert and Bob Jungels found themselves caught out the back, but put in a cohesive effort, chased hard and jumped from group to group, joining the leaders inside the last 25 kilometers.

Twenty men entered the closing ten kilometres of the stage, but only seven of them contested the victory, after another acceleration in the sidewinds blew the group to small pieces with just three kilometres to go. Gilbert, who is making his second appearance of the season at Paris-Nice, kicked out 200 meters from the line and battled for stage honours, finishing third, behind Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) for Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 28th podium of the season, a result which catapulted him to fourth overall.

“It was another day affected by the wind, and because of a crash, Bob and Phil were caught behind in the echelons, but thanks to an incredible effort they made it back. We lost some riders also due to mechanicals, so it wasn’t a perfect stage for us”, said sports director Tom Steels. “Phil did a great race, surviving in those brutal last six kilometres and had a strong sprint, taking a well-deserved podium. He is getting ready for the Classics, is in good form and I’m sure he won’t stop here this week.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:14:04
2 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
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3 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
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6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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7 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
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8 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:05
9 André Greipel
Team Arkéa Samsic
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10 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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25 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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63 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:49
68 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:23
71 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:00
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
6:31:19
2 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
0:12
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:13
4 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:19
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
0:20
7 Tony Gallopin
AG2R La Mondiale
0:22
8 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:23
9 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
0:24
34 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
64 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01
66 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:39
69 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:20
108 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
2 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
14 pt
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
5 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
12 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
7 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
8 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
9 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
7 pt
10 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
7 pt
22 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-3 pt
23 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-3 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
6:31:38
2 Anthony Turgis
Direct Energie
0:06
3 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
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4 Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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5 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
0:11
6 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
4:02
7 Scott Davies
Team Dimension Data
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8 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
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9 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
5:50
10 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:20
1 Damien Gaudin
Direct Energie
12 pt
2 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
3 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
2 pt
4 Evaldas Šiškevičius
Delko Marseille Provence
2 pt
5 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
2 pt
6 Romain Combaud
Delko Marseille Provence
2 pt
7 Michael Schwarzmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1 pt
8 Amaël Moinard
Team Arkéa Samsic
1 pt
9 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1 pt
10 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
11 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 19:35:07
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:05
3 Direct Energie ,,
4 Groupama - FDJ ,,
5 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
6 Bahrain Merida 0:16
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:18
8 Team Sky 0:28
9 EF Education First 0:52
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:44

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