Paris-Nice

Stage 2) Chevreuse - Chalette-sur-Loing

FR France, Monday 09 March 2020
166.5 km

Paris-Nice: Puncture ruins Alaphilippe’s day

Paris-Nice: Puncture ruins Alaphilippe’s day

Crosswinds, crashes, mechanicals and big gaps – it was another crazy day of racing at the “Race to the Sun”, one that unfortunately saw Julian Alaphilippe bleed time in the general classification, just twenty-four hours after putting on an aggressive display that cemented his status as one of the race’s favourites.

The nervous peloton remained alert at all times and even made sure of bringing back the breakaway with more than 60 kilometers to go, knowing the last part of the stage could hold some unwanted surprises. Deceuninck – Quick-Step were prominent at the front, always having a strong contingent in the first twenty positions, but when bad luck struck, there was nothing that our team could do, just fight hard to limit the losses.

The incident in cause occurred with 30 kilometers to go, when Julian Alaphilippe punctured and lost contact with the bunch which fragmented to pieces at that very moment, due to the strong crosswinds that then accompanied the riders until the finish. The Wolfpack rallied around the green jersey wearer, the likes of Kasper Asgreen, Sam Bennett, Yves Lampaert and Michael Mørkøv trading long turns in that echelon. A mad pursuit ensued and our riders emptied themselves in order to reduce the gap to the front group, from where Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) sprinted to victory.

This cohesive all-out effort thrown in by the Deceuninck – Quick-Step boys meant that Alaphilippe lost just 1:25 by the time he came over the finish line in Chalette-sur-Loing, and although he is out of the top 10 overall, with five stages to go (including an ITT and two days in the mountains) he still holds an important chance of edging his way back in the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
3:49:57
2 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
3 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
,,
4 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
,,
6 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
7 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
0:03
8 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
10 Krists Neilands
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
51 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25
53 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
62 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
64 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
67 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
78 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
86 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
105 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
7:22:06
2 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:15
3 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
0:21
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:23
5 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:25
6 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:28
8 Krists Neilands
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
,,
10 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
0:38
24 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
26 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
29 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:09
43 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:02
51 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:31
58 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:22
76 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
81 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
2 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
19 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
4 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
13 pt
5 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
12 pt
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
12 pt
7 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
11 pt
9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
6 pt
21 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
7:22:29
2 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
1:27
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
4 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
2:06
5 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:02
6 Dušan Rajović
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
3:29
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
3:52
8 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:10
9 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
6:37
10 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:02
1 Jonathan Hivert
Team Total Direct Energie
20 pt
2 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
6 pt
3 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
4 pt
4 Dries Van Gestel
Team Total Direct Energie
3 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
6 Juraj Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
2 pt
7 Romain Combaud
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
2 pt
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
1 pt
9 Nico Denz
Team Sunweb
1 pt
1 Israel Start-Up Nation 22:07:36
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:03
3 EF Pro Cycling 0:51
4 Team Sunweb 1:30
5 Trek - Segafredo 2:45
6 Groupama - FDJ 2:52
7 Bahrain - McLaren 2:59
8 NTT Pro Cycling 3:24
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:00
10 Lotto Soudal 4:03

Related items