Cycling

Groenewegen wins in vicious wind, extends Paris-Nice lead

2019-03-11 19:12
Dylan Groenewegen
Dylan Groenewegen (AP)

Paris - Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen extended his overall lead in the Paris-Nice on Monday winning a reduced sprint in a race ravaged by powerful crosswinds causing ugly crashes and major time losses to several favourites.

Last year's runner up here Britain's Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates lost around seven minutes, while Colombian climber Rigoberto Uran broke his collarbone and French hope Warren Barguil was left with a double fracture to his neck as the so called 'Race to the Sun' fell victim to the weather for a second day as time gaps opened throughout the peloton. 

Emerging sprint king Groenewegen, 25, powered through a 50km/h gale to retain his yellow jersey, extending the lead to 12 seconds ahead of team Sky's puncher Michal Kwiatkowski.

Victory was clinched as he beat Spaniard Ivan Garcia and Belgium's Philippe Gilbert in a sprint finish after their leading group escaped the full impact of the crosswind.

"I waited until the very last second," said Groenewegen, whose timing on Monday saw him win by a tyre’s distance.

"We'll be going for the win again tomorrow, apparently there will be a headwind," he said.

"I wouldn't have been good enough to win that stage last year," said the man for whom 2018 was a breakout season.

Sky's Colombian prodigy Egan Bernal was one of the day's winners taking five seconds out of the likes of Romain Bardet and Movistar leader Nairo Quintana, both of whom relied on teammates to deliver them to the finish line without losing much time.

"We just about survived," said Bardet.

"That was maybe one of my three hardest days ever on a bike," he added.

"We have an exceptional team here (AG2R) and when you have guys around you who can win classics it really helps, If I'm still standing today it's thanks to them."

Tuesday's 200km third stage heads south on plains between the town of Cepoy and Moulins/Yzeure in the Auvergne region.

Stage 2 results:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/JUM) 3hrs 14min 04sec, 2. Ivan Garcia Cortina (ESP/BAH) same time, 3. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) s.t. 4. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MIT) s.t., 5. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) s.t. 6. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST) s.t., 7. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) s.t., 8. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) at 5sec, 9. Andre Greipel (GER/ARK) s.t., 10. Mike Teunissen (NEF/JUM) s.t.

Overall standings after stage 2:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/JUM) 6hrs 31mins 19sec,  2. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) at 12sec, 3. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST) 13, 4. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 16, 5. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 19, 6. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MIT) 20, 7. Tony Gallopin (FRA/ AG2R) 22, 8. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 23, 9 Romain Bardet (FRA/ AG2R) s.t, 10. Oliver Naesen (BEL/AG2R) 24

Stage 2 results

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/JUM) 3hrs 14min 04sec, 2. Ivan Garcia Cortina (ESP/BAH) same time, 3. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) s.t. 4. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MIT) s.t., 5. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) s.t. 6. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST) s.t., 7. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) s.t., 8. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) at 5sec, 9. André Greipel (GER/ARK) s.t., 10. Mike Teunissen (NEF/JUM) s.t.

Overall standings after stage 2

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/JUM) 6hrs 31mins 19sec,  2. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) at 12sec, 3. Luis León Sanchez (ESP/AST) 13, 4. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 16, 5. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 19, 6. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MIT) 20, 7. Tony Gallopin (FRA/ AG2R) 22, 8. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 23, 9 Romain Bardet (FRA/ AG2R) s.t, 10. Oliver Naesen (BEL/AG2R) 24

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.