Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas put in a fantastic piece of leadout work to set up Greg Henderson to win Stage 2 of Paris-Nice in Amilly this afternoon, the New Zealander just taking the sprint from HTC-Highroad’s Matt Goss. Katusha’s Denis Galimzyanov narrowly missed out on celebrating his birthday in style, finishing third.
Henderson, who took the first road stage of the race 12 months ago, moves up to second overall, while Thomas de Gendt of Vacansoleil-DCM retains the race lead.
Today’s stage began in Montfort L’Amaury, south west of Paris, covering 199km as the race began its journey towards the Mediterranean coast. Immediately from the start, three riders jumped off the front of the peloton, FDJ’s Yoann Offredo, Maxime Bouet of AG2R and Tony Gallopin of Cofidis.
It was unsurprising that the latter, son of pro rider Joel and nephew of RadioShack directeur sportif Alain, was looking to get into the day’s break, with the route taking him through his own birthplace, Dourdan, as well as his father’s home town, Angerville.
With a little over 30km to go, the final escapee, Bouet, was swept up, and although HTC-Highroad’s Tony Martin also tried to get away, he too was brought back into the peloton as the riders regrouped ahead of the final sprint.
Then, as the race entered its final kilometre and a half, de Gendt, in the race leader’s yellow jersey, went on the attack but was quickly reeled back, then Thomas, as he had done yesterday, but this time getting the reward his effort deserved, put in a big turn to deliver Henderson to the line.
Crashes today saw a number of riders including Garmin-Cervelo’s Heinrich Haussler and Leopard Trek’s Frank Schleck hit the tarmac, but both finished the stage.
Paris-Nice Stage 2 result 1 HENDERSON Greg SKY PROCYCLING 5h 00' 56" 2 GOSS Matt HTC - HIGHROAD (all at same time) 3 GALIMZYANOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM 4 HAUSSLER Heinrich TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 5 SAGAN Peter LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 6 FEILLU Romain VACANSOLEIL-DCM 7 ROELANDTS Jurgen OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 8 ROJAS Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM 9 VAITKUS Tomas PRO TEAM ASTANA 10 WYSS Danilo BMC RACING TEAM 11 MAASKANT Martijn TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 12 AGNOLI Valerio LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 13 STEEGMANS Gert QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM 14 HUNTER Robert TEAM RADIOSHACK 15 PATERSKI Maciej LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 16 WEYLANDT Wouter TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 17 MAES Nikolas QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM 18 VACHON Florian BRETAGNE - SCHULLER 19 DUMOULIN Samuel COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 20 TURGOT Sébastien TEAM EUROPCAR 33 THOMAS Geraint SKY PROCYCLING 58 LLOYD Daniel TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 90 HUNT Jeremy SKY PROCYCLING 118 WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING Paris-Nice overall standings after Stage 2 1 DE GENDT Thomas VACANSOLEIL-DCM 9h 05' 48" 2 HENDERSON Greg SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 04" 3 ROY Jérémy FDJ + 00' 07" 4 GOSS Matt HTC - HIGHROAD + 00' 08" 5 GALLOPIN Tony COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE + 00' 08" 6 HAUSSLER Heinrich TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO + 00' 10" 7 GALIMZYANOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM + 00' 10" 8 VOIGT Jens TEAM LEOPARD-TREK + 00' 12" 9 FEILLU Romain VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 00' 13" 10 SAGAN Peter LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE + 00' 14" 11 WYSS Danilo BMC RACING TEAM + 00' 14" 12 ROELANDTS Jurgen OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO + 00' 14" 13 STEEGMANS Gert QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM + 00' 14" 14 WEYLANDT Wouter TEAM LEOPARD-TREK + 00' 14" 15 HUNTER Robert TEAM RADIOSHACK + 00' 14" 16 DUMOULIN Samuel COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE + 00' 14" 17 VACHON Florian BRETAGNE - SCHULLER + 00' 14" 18 DELPECH Jean Luc BRETAGNE - SCHULLER + 00' 14" 19 AGNOLI Valerio LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE + 00' 14" 20 RUIJGH Rob VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 00' 14" 37 THOMAS Geraint SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 14" 75 LLOYD Daniel TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO + 00' 14" 83 WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 14" 113 HUNT Jérémy SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 14"
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.