Bol wins the stage and Matthews, the battle of the bonuses

The Dutchman achieves the first victory for the DSM in 2021. Matthews, based on bonuses, snatched the yellow from Bennett in another bumpy stage.


Cees Bol conquered the second stage of Paris-Nice, which, like the first, was resolved in a sprint among many of the great names in the specialty. The Dutch cyclist was the one who best measured the distance and, taking advantage of his optimal positioning in the last kilometers, he managed to impose his top speed to give his team, the DSM (former Sunweb) the first victory of the German team. But the sprinters' fight had started much earlier with the lead at stake, which ended up in the hands of Michael Matthews, third at the finish line.

The stage threatened to be dangerous because of the wind and there was a hint of fans during the stage. The Deceuninck of the until today leader Sam Bennett accelerated in the areas where the breeze was most noticeable, but it never blew with the force necessary to carry out escabechinas. In addition, the Belgian team could not prevent Michael Matthews from cutting the five seconds of disadvantage that separated him from the yellow in the two flying goals of the route: he won the first (3 "bonus) and was second in the second (another 2 "). The Australian from the Bike Exchange finished his assault on the leadership already at the finish line, where he managed to be third and add another 2 "that would dress him in yellow.

The fact that the wind was not decisive did not prevent the falls from being very frequent for the second day in a row. The fight to be in front positions and the hooks caused that many cyclists suffered incidents, cyclists like Alexis Vuillermoz (Direct Energie), who had to retire; George Bennett (Jumbo), who was able to rejoin in pain after falling in a dangerous area that exposed the safety of the track, or Muhlberger, who debuts the Movistar jersey in the race and was helped by Arcas and Mora to return to the group after getting hooked with Daniel Arroyave (EF) .

This Tuesday, the chrono

Y after the prominence of the sprinters in the first two days, turn for the aspirants of the general this Tuesday in the chrono: 14 kilometers that will put the specialists to the test, among which there is a clear favorite, Primoz Roglic , in preparation for the next Tour de France.

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