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2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Boonen and friends
Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar joked around early in Monday's second stage at Paris-Nice, the 202-kilometer leg from Ramboullet to Saint-Georges-sur. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Voeckler strings it out
Thomas Voeckler is back to racing after breaking his collarbone in Australia in January. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Degenkolb chases
John Degenkolb opened the sprint, but Moreno Hofland surged up the right side. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Hofland sprints
Moreno Hofland beat John Degenkolb and Nacer Bouhanni (in yellow) to the line Monday for his first career WorldTour victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Hofland wins
Moreno Hofland celebrated the win in Saint-Georges-sur, France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Belkin celebrates
Wilco Kelderman, Belkin's GC leader for Paris-Nice, congratulated stage 2 winner Moreno Hofland on Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Meersman laments
Gianni Meersman lamented a lost chance for yellow and a stage win after a late mishap ruined his chances. The Belgian chased back in the final three kilometers, but could not reconnect with the front of the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Paris-Nice Stage 2: Bouhanni in yellow
Nacer Bouhanni reversed the fortunes that saw him crash out of the 2013 Paris-Nice in yellow on the second stage when he finished third to defend yellow on Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Moreno Hofland won stage 2 of Paris-Nice Monday in Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche, France. Hofland (Belkin) was fastest in the bunch sprint to close the 205-kilometer leg from Rambouillet.
John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) was second. Overnight leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) was third.
“I’m a bit surprised because with 1K to go we were a bit too far behind,” said Hofland, who worked his way up to Degenkolb’s wheel for the finale. “With 300 meters [to go], a little bit early, I went to try and surprise him.”
The surprise worked and Hofland shot up the right side of the road for the first WorldTour win of his career.
Bouhanni defended yellow. The stage 1 winner at the 2013 Paris-Nice, Bouhanni crashed heavily in the race’s second leg a year ago and abandoned in the leader’s jersey.
“I was a little apprehensive before today’s stage. I thought a lot about the crash from last year,” he said Monday. “I really did suffer. The first 100km felt bad, but I think it will get better.”
Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took a bonus second late in the stage, but suffered a late mishap and lost his shot at the sprint and the overall lead.
Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) broke away 2.5km into the stage and held off the bunch for nearly the entire day. The duo took a maximum advantage of 11:30 after 31.5km. Delaplace gave up the ghost just over 5km from the finish. Saramotins continued on alone, but the peloton overcame him TKTK
Paris-Nice continues Tuesday with the 180km third stage from Toucy to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
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