Bernal is the king of the fans; Soler yields and Cortina finishes 2nd

The Colombian changed the rhythm several times to eliminate most of the favorites. Groenewegen won and kept the lead. Quintana and Soler lost time.


Mismas conditions and practically the same protagonists. As if from a tracing of the day yesterday, the final result of the second stage of the Paris-Nice did not change with respect to yesterday: stage victory for Dylan Groenewegen, leadership of the general and wind, very windy that caused multiple fans throughout the day as the main character. Those fans left Marc Soler as one of the big losers of the day, as the current winner of the race again lost more than 8 minutes with respect to the favorites and practically said goodbye to his options to revalidate the title. Quintana gave 5 seconds and Egan Bernal gave a real recital in the fans, running as the rival to beat in the race.

It was expected hard battle almost out due to the wind that was going to hurt the march of the cyclists during the 163 kilometers travel. De Gendt joked before the exit with the ending, which he called "the triangle of the fans" . He was right. Almost at the beginning there were many cuts that were translated into a pure spectacle of cycling. Already in the first hour of the race, Marc Soler showed the same difficulties as yesterday to be with the best and since he was left he could not re-engage.

But many runners said goodbye to the race in a fulminating way due to the falls, like Warren Barguil and Gorka Izagirre. Other 'roosters' gave in as Rigoberto Urán (fall), or as Bardet and Nairo Quintana, who did not manage to enter the last court where the victory of the stage was decided. Whoever was where he was was Egan Bernal. The Colombian from Sky gave a real recital throughout the day, changing the rhythm on several occasions to select the race and eliminate rivals one by one. Almost at all times he was well wrapped up by Kwiatkowski (who suffered a breakdown in the last kilometers but entered with the first group) and Rowe, but in the end it was always he who alone demonstrated overwhelming power over the rest.

Finally, with a group headboard that did not reach ten units, the triumph was decided on the sprint. Dylan Groenewegen appeared for the second day in a row to take the victory and reinforce his leadership in the general standings. The best Spaniard of the day was Iván García Cortina, who finished second and was close to beating the Jumbo leader Visma. Before the crucial time trial and mountain stages arrive, what remains clear after today is that Egan Bernal has given a punch of authority on the table. The Colombian points very high.



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