Video Shorts: Day of crash carnage and crosswinds at Paris-Nice

Posted on: March 11th, 2019

Dylan Groenewegen won the stage at Paris-Nice from a group of just seven. The crosswinds and crashes play havoc with the field on the second stage of the race.

 

It was a day of carnage at Paris-Nice in terms of both the crosswind splitting the field and crashes forcing some big names out.

And some of those fancied riders have suffered injuries that look set to see them off the bike for a while.

Warren Barguil suffered a double fracture of the second cervical vertebra and is expected to be out for about three months.

Rigoberto Uran broke his left collarbone and also faces a lay-off, though not near as long as Barguil’s.

For Irish rider Sam Bennett; the hoped-for stage win didn’t materialise today. He came off second best in the crosswinds and was not at the front of the racing.

The 163.5km stage from Les Bréviaires to Bellegarde was run off at a whopping 50.55km per hour.

Most of the day saw the field repeatedly split and regroup, with very strong crosswinds and the strongest riders pressing on the front causing carnage.

Once again Team Sky, as yesterday, took a text book approach in the crosswinds; Egan Bernal and Luke Rowe doing a huge amount of damage.

With just over 22km remaining a front group of about 20 riders had just over one minute of a group of approximately 35 men after an absolutely fantastic day’s racing.

However, such was the constant chopping and changing that with 10km to go the groups merged again.

But when Bernal, Rowe and Michał Kwiatkowski hit the front again and lined it out some 6kn from the finish, they pulled clear a winning group of seven.

Race leader Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) was there and he just about held off Iván García (Bahrain Merida) to win his second consecutive stage.

There was only a five-second gap back to a group of 37 chasers, but apart from stage winner and his team, Team Sky were the dominant force.

In the end Sam Bennett came home in 143rd stage some 8:48 back. However, he may get another chance as soon as tomorrow.

 

 

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