Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Stage 2Vimory / Cérilly

Start 11h10 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary05.03.2013 in 17:34Fortune changes for Kittel and Bouhanni

Fortunes can change quickly on Paris-Nice as Marcel Kittel (ARG) found out when he clinched the second stage in Cerilly while the previous day's winner Nacer Bouhanni crashed out in an incident-ridden 200.5-kms ride from Vimory.
Germany's Kittel, who had missed the first bunch sprint in Nemours after a puncture, surged impressively in the long final stretch to take the day's laurels ahead of Elia Viviani. The Italian made the best of his consistency over the first three days of the...

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interview05.03.2013 in 18:06Viviani: "The important thing was the jersey"

The new Paris-Nice leader knew that he had to sprint twice in Cerilly to secure the Yellow Jersey even if it meant sacrificing the stage win. 

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interview05.03.2013 in 17:53Marcel Kittel: "A very important victory"

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Impressive in the finale of the second stage to Cerilly, Marcel Kittel was relieved to have made it at last after being held by a puncture in stage 1 in Nemours. He also paid homage to Nacer Bouhanni, forced out of the race by a crash.

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Sporting stakes04.03.2013 in 17:26Another one for Bouhanni?

French riders have outshone the rest of the bunch so far in the Race to the Sun and Yellow Jersey holder Nacer Bouhanni made it clear he had also set his goals on stages 2 and 3.

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16:58Le top 5 de l'étape

Top five results in the 200.5-kms second stage of Paris-Nice:

1. Marcel Kittel (Germany, ARG)

2. Elia Viviani (Italy, CAN)

3. Leigh Howard (Australia, OGE)

4. Borut Bozic (Slovrnia, AST)

5. Samuel Dumoulin (France, ALM)

16:57Kittel wins stage 2

Gemrany's Marcel Kittel (ARG) wins the 200.5-kms second stage of Paris-Nice between Vimory and Cerilly.

16:55Under the red flame

And two FDJ riders lead the way!

16:54Argos and FDJ lead

Argos Shimano and FDJ now near the front to work for Kittel and Soupe or Bonnet.

16:52Denifl goes out

Austria's Stephan Denifl (IAM) tries his luck with 3 kms to go.

16:50Cannondale now leading the way

The team-mates of Elia Viviani now take control of the peloton (4 kms to go).

16:48Puncture for Gerrans

A very untimely puncture for Simon Gerrans with 5 kms to go.

16:47Seven kilometres to go...

... and teams are fighting their way towards the front. Omega Pharma Quick Step still lead the way but Lotto Belisol and Orica Greenedge are getting closer.

16:40Omega Pharma Quick Step in the lead

Tom Boonen and his team-mates raise the tempo at the front of the peloton.

16:39Viviani virtual yellow jersey

Thanks to his win in the intermediate sprint in Cerillly, Elia Viviani (CAN) is now the virtual leader of Paris-Nice with a one-second lead over Sylvain Chavanel.

16:38About Cerilly

Cerilly was the start of a stage to Belleville in 2006, won by Tom Boonen.

16:36Viviani wins second sprint

Result of the second intermediate sprint in Cerilly (km 182):

1. Elia Viviani (CAN) 3 points 3 secs

2. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) 2 points 2 secs

3. Ruben Perez Moreno (EUS) 1 point 1 sec

16:32Former yellow jersey crashes

The last yellow jersey forced out of Paris-Nice after a crash is apparently Frenchman Pascal Lance in 1990. But in 2003, Italian Dario Frigo did not start as he was leading the race.   

16:27Lip and hand injury for Bouhanni

The race doctor told France Televisions: "Nacer has a deep wound in the lip and a hand trauma. He's staying with us until the end of the stage and then going to hospital for further checks." 

16:24Boonen still in the lead

Tom Boonen is still opening the road with 25 kms to go with Garmins Sharp and Katusha riders by his side.

16:21A 4-kms final stretch

The finale is a spectacular one with a long 4-kms straight line into Cerilly, lined by the trees of the Troncay forest.

16:15Millar at the front

David Millar (GRS) has been riding at the front for a while.

16:05Boonen leads the peloton

Belgian champion Tom Boonen (OPQ) is now leading the peloton, obviously keen to avoid his mishap yesterday when he was caught in the echelon.

15:59Argos Shimano lead the way

After the junction, the Argos Shimano team-mates of Marcel Kittel have seized the reins of the peloton.

15:5645 kms to go...

... and the gap is now down to 15 seconds. The four call it a day at km 156.

15:52Gap going down

Less than 50 kms to go and the gap between the four escapees and the peloton is down to 35 seconds.

15:39Bouhanni quits

Bouhanni is going to be evacuated on a stretcher. His Paris-Nice is over, only 24 hours after his brilliant stage win in Nemours.

15:37Bouhanni treated on the road side

The Paris-Nice leader is being treated by the race doctors on the road side in the village of Blet. It seems he broke teeth.

15:36The Yellow Jersey crashes

Km 143 - Yellow Jersey holder Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) slid and crashed. He hit the pavement and has blood pouring from his face.

15:3160 kms to go...

... and the four escapees lead the peloton by exactly one minute.

15:29Crash victims make it back in the bunch

One by one, most of the riders involved in the crash make it back in the peloton, like France's Damien Gaudin, the prologue winner and currently second in the GC.

15:2170 kms to go...

... an the gap has gone down to 50 seconds.

15:20Also in the crash

The three BMC riders held by the crash were Amael Moinard, Mathias Frank and Brent Bokwalter.

15:17Pichot quits

Involved in the pile-up, Alexandre Pichot (EUC) has given up.

15:16Soupe was also in the crash

Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ), one of Nacer Bouanni's lead-out men, was also involved in the crash.

15:14Massive pile up

Km 125 - A major pile up took place in the bunch, involving several riders like Ian Boswell (SKY), Alexandre Pichot (EUC), prologue winner Damien Gaudin (EUC) and a few BMC riders.

15:12Huguet and Siutsov crash

As hail starts falling on the peloton Kasntanstin Siutsov (SKY) crashed as weel as Yann Huguet (ARG)

15:08The peloton is nearing

Km 123 - De Gendt, Feillu, Astarloza and Bouet now lead the peloton by 1:50.

15:07Rain on the race

A slight drizzle is now falling on the race.

14:39Lavenu: "Maxime is out for revenge"

While admitting the break had very slim chances to go all the way, AG2R team director Vincent Lavenu told www.letour.fr that Maxime Bouet had a point to make after puncturing in the finale of stage 1: "There was headwind all day. That's why we have been riding so slow. In the same time, the sprinters have a strong interest in this stage while the favorites cannot afford to let De Gendt go as he could be a threat for the GC. The only chance for Maxime is for the Vacansoleil to really go for...

14:28The men in the lead

Apart from De Gendt, familiar to Paris-Nice fans, the three other riders are also seasoned pros. Feillu twice won the Grand Prix de Fourmies and is well known to the French public for holding the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France in 2008. Mikel Astarloza, at 33, is a very experienced rider, who finished 9th in the 2007 Tour de France and won the Tour Down Under back in 2003. As for Maxime Bouet, he is one of the most consistent riders in the AG2R team, with six wins in his career.   

14:24Latest gap

Km 96 - In the feeding zone, the peloton lies four minutes behind the four escapees.

14:16Average speed

The overall average speed after three hours in the stage is 30.6 kph.

14:15De Gendt the best placed overall

Thomas de Gendt (VCD) is the best placed overall of the four men in the break. He is currently 22nd, seven seconds behind Nacer Bouhanni.

14:08Rathe quits

Jacob Rathe (GRS) has given up from a wrist injury after his crash yesterday.

14:04Latest gap

Km 84: Romain Feillu (VCD), Thomas De Gendt (VCD), Maxime Bouet (ALT) and Mikel Astarloza (EUS) lead the peloton by 3:45.

13:49Latest gap

Km 76: The four lead the peloton by 4:05

13:38Ledanois: "Gilbert is in good condition"

BMC team director Yvon Ledanois told www.letour.fr about Philippe Gilbert's condition and the chances of an echelon to form near the finish in Cerilly: "There was not really an echelon yesterday. Just a split in which several teams were involved. But there was no real decision to create an echelon. Philippe Gilbert said this morning he was hoping for some wind because that's the conditions the Belgians love. He is in good condition and everybody knows what he's capable of doing in a finale....

13:33De Gendt a Paris-Nice specialist

Thomas De Gendt (VCD) is a Paris-Nice specialist, winner of a stage in each of the last two editions.

13:29The four are together

Km 66 - Feillu, De Gendt, Bouet and Astarloza are now together in the lead.

13:27De Gendt and Feillu in the lead

KM 64 - Thomas De Gendt and Romain Feillu (both Vacansoleil) have surged. Thay are being chased by Mikel Astarloza (EUS) and Maxime Bouet (ALT), some 15 seconds behind. The peloton is 1:30 seconds adrift.

13:18Guiberteau: "Marcel still full of confidence"

Argos Shimano team director Christian Guiberteau told ww.letour.fr how disappointed Marcel Kittel had been by the outcome of stage 1 but promised the German sprinter was still confident in case of a bunch sprint: "He was especially disappointed to puncture  yesterday as he had not been caught in the echelon and the finish suited him better than today's. On the flat, with his tall build, he develops extraordinary power. As soon as there's a bit of a slope, slighter sprinters have an edge....

13:16Average speed

The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 26.7 kph and the overall average speed was 29.6 kph.

12:39The break is over

Smukulis and Christensen were reeled in after 43 kms.

12:36The break nearly over

Km 42 - The chasing peloton is now only 20 seconds behind the two escapees.

12:34Gap going down

Km 40 - The lead of Smukulis and Christensen over the peloton has gone down to 1:35. The break does not look much more motivated than the chase.

12:29Latest gap

Km 37 - The two escapees lead the peloton by 2:45.

12:16Average speed

The average speed after an hour in the stage is 32.6 kph.

12:10White jersey

Nacer Bouhanni also holds the best young rider's white jersey, but it his worn by Elia Viviani on stage 2, the Italian standing one second behind him in the overall classification. Bouhanni's team-mate Geoffrey Soupe is third, two seconds adrift.

12:05The two are not trying too hard

With only two of them in the front against the wind, Smukulis and Christensen are not really speeding at the front. 

12:01FDJ leading the peloton

Narce Bouhanni's FDJ team-mates are leading the peloton at a steady pace.

12:00Why Boeckmans was reined in

Vacansoleil team director Hilaire Van der Schueren told www.letour.fr why Boeckmans had given up on the breakaway: "We were hoping for a ten-man break but there are only three of them. There's a lot of wind so we decided it was better for him to save strength for the finis as he is a good sprinter."
In any case, the Vacansoleil team have won all the intermediate sprints held in this edition so far.

12:00Latest gap

Km 24 - The two are leading the bunch by 3:35.

11:49Boeckmans dropped and caught

Km 17 - Kris Boeckmans (VCD) was dropped by his breakaway companions and caught by the main bunch.

11:48Latest gap

The peloton was 4:05 behind at the sprint.

11:41Sprint result

Result of the first intermediate sprint in Les Choux (Km 15.5)
1. Boeckmans 3 points, 3 secs
2. Smukulis 2 points, 2 secs
3. Christensen 1 point, 1 sec

11:38About Christensen

Mads Christensen, 28, started his career on track with several national titles before turning pro in 2006. A good time-trialist, he was also crowned best climber in the Tour of the Basque Country last year.

11:33About Boeckmans

Under-23 European champion in 2009, Kris Boeckmans turned pro in 2010. He was second in the Memorial Samyn last week.

11:29Latest gap

Km 7 - The three escapees lead the peloton by 3:20.

11:28In-form Smukulis

Gatis Smukulis, the double Latvian time trial champion, has been in aggressive form since the start of the season. Winner of a Tour of Catalunya stage in 2011, he was involved in several breaks in Qatar and Oman.

11:21Three men in the lead

Latvia's Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Belgium's Kris Boeckmans (VCD) and Dane Mads Christensen (TST) broke clear (Km 1)

11:17Tweets of the day

PHILIPPE GILBERT ‏@PhilippeGilbert
And we leave the hotel for the second stage of Paris Nice! Here is no wind, perhaps later on! Lets hope so.

ELIA VIVIANI ‏@eliaviviani
‪#ParisNice‬ stage 2…another sprint. Will try again.

11:16In the press today

In l'Equipe, Yoann Offredo (FDJ) tells how he did his part of the teamwork to help Nacer Bouhanni win the stage by taking the reins when he echelon took shape in the finale.
"As soon as we learnt that Boonen and Kittel were no longer there, we had to move on. They were lying at the back, God knows why, when the BMC went up a gear after a corner. In my opinion, they didn't expect the peloton to split. I went full gas in the last 12 kms until the final three," he said.
Then it was up...

11:14Polka-dot jersey

Dutchman Bert-Jan Lindeman (VCD) took advantage of being part of Monday's three-man breakaway to cunningly grab the polka-dot jersey in the only climb of the race so far. He leads his two fellow-escapees, Yannick Talabardon (SOJ) and Romain Sicard (EUS) in the best climber's classification. If he reaches Cerillly, the Lindeman will retain his lead as there are no climbs in today's stage.

11:14Start given

The actual start was given to 180 riders at 11:13.

11:13Green jersey

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) holds de green jersey thanks to his great finale in Nemours. But he only leads up and coming Italian Elia Viviani by one point and the fast Cannondale sprinter will be a major threat in case of another sprint finish today. Bouhanni is in the third spot, five points behind Chavanel and could also take the garment if he features well in a bunch sprint.

11:12Sprints of the day

Km 15.5 - Les Choux
Km 182.5 - Cerilly

11:12Yellow jersey

National champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) leads a French trio in the general classification. Prologue winner Damien Gaudin (EUC) is second, fractions of a second behind (0.18)  while Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) lies third, a second adrift.

11:07Heading towards the real start

180 riders have taken off towards the real start. Seeldraeyers, the best young rider in the 2009 Paris-Nice, is the only non starter.

11:04Seeldraeyers does not start

Team Astana announced that Kevin Seeldraeyers would not start after his crash in stage 1.

Seeldraeyers abandons ‪#ParisNice‬ after ST1 crash "...very deep hole in my left knee that needs stitches. I will be off the bike for 8 days"

11:01Welcome to stage 2

Welcome to the 200.5-kms second stage of Paris-Nice between Vimory and Cerilly. 


Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7


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