Paris-Nice: The second stage for the Seas Ball, the yellow jersey for Michael Mathews

Paris-Nice: The second stage for the Seas Ball, the yellow jersey for Michael Mathews

The Seas Ball won the second leg of the Paris-Nice (World Tour) on Monday. The Dutchman from DSM won the sprint at the end of the 188km between Oinville-Sir-Montiant and Amily. Maddus Pederson (Trek-Segafredo) finished second, overtaking Australian Michael Mathews (Bike Exchange), and the yellow jersey fell to fifth-placed Irishman Sam Bennett (Desuning-Quickstep).

After a 17-kilometer run, two Belgians left Peloton, leaving Sander Army (Quebec Azos) and national champion Dries de Bond (Alpesin-Phoenix). Their lead came 4 minutes before the gradual decline. Their adventure ended at 87km after an attempt to cross the Trek-Segafredo Pelotone. A new border, 70 km from the finish line, this time split the Pelotone into three groups using the Desunning-Quick Step. Fifteen more kilometers and everything was back to normal. A grouped Peloton reached the last 50 km, George Bennett’s (Jumbo-Wisma) waterfall, 154 km and Alexis Willermos 23 km from the target.

Hit the collarbone, the Frenchman from Total Direct Energy could not get back on the road. Gregor Mohlberger (Movistar) and Daniel Aroyave (EF Education-Nippo) are 10km from the finish line. Just before the red flame, another fall occurred at Pelotone. In the sprint, after a lot of work by Taiz Benoit, Seas Bowl (DSM) came to power. The 25-year-old Dutchman has signed on for the fifth win of his career, the first of the season. He gave the new name of the SunWeb team, DSM, the first win of the season. The ball was ahead of Dane Madhus Pederson (Trek-Segafredo).

Third Australian Michael Mathews (Bike Exchange) picks up the yellow jersey, thanks to bonuses taken in the intermediate sprints, and at the finish, Sunday winner Irish Sam Bennett (Desuning-Quickstep) settled in the fifth square. Jasper Phillipson (Alpesin-Phoenix) finished ninth. On Tuesday, Jian has a 14.4-kilometer time trial program around it. The 79th edition of ‘Course Soil’ will end on Sunday at 110.5 km on stage. The current champion is German Maximilian Schachmann.

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