TV times - 14.15 GMT/15.15 CET/10.15 EDTLes Bréviaires serves as departure for the 2nd stage in Paris-Nice. At 163.5 kilometres, the route runs on flat to undulating terrain to Bellegarde. Fast men's fiesta coming up!
The 2nd stage of Paris-Nice sets off west of Paris to head south. Two opportunities for those eyeing up the mountain jersey present themselves in the first 55 kilometres. Côte de Senlisse slopes for 1.1 kilometre at 5.5%, while Côtes-des-Granges-le-Roi is 1.5 kilometres and its average gradient 3.5%.
The 2nd stage of Paris-Nice starts at 12:30 and the expected finish is around 16:30 – both are local times.
They couldn't get Soler BACK to that group which is a HUGE mistake on their part.[/quote]Koronin said:They should have had at least 2 members of team trying to help Soler, which it didn't appear they did. Also it does NOT appear Soler was the race leader going into this race which he should have been by virtue of having won last year.tobydawq said:Quintana was in the front ten the whole day. Pretty damn impressive. He didn't win the Colombian battle of being the best cross-winds rider (Bernal was incredible) but he did better than you would have thought him capable of.Koronin said:Yet another race where Movistar appears to have no clue what it's doing.
Of course they tried to also get Soler up there but he had an accident just before the cross-winds.
I don't really know what they should have done differently.
That's a bit harsh; they managed to get Quintana to finish in the front group on a stage with echelons and big splits. That's probably their biggest tactical triumph for years.DFA123 said:
Bernal looked really, really good yesterday, even taking that late sprint. I know it's early...but if he shows that kind of savvy in a GT, he can podium this year. Whether Sky will let him is another matter.Escarabajo said:Nice stage. It usually happens in the early stages of Paris Nice. Impressed by Bernal and Quintana. Others were lucky.
Lopez again, losing time in the early stages. Some things never change.
So if we're lucky we should just about still see the sprint finish.Because of strong tailwinds on the day's stage, the start has been delayed by 10 minutes and will now take place at 12:40 instead of 12:30.
... so it's swings and roundabouts.Note that traffic problems forced the organisers to slighty change the route. As a result, the stage is 165.5-km long, two kilometres longer than previously announced.
Cyclingnews have fixed their live updates. I was relying on their live coverage.Breh said:
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