Stage 2: Rambouillet - Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche - Stage Details

Jens Keukeleire was the best-placed rider for ORICA-GreenEDGE on another crashed-filled stage of Paris-Nice. The Australian outfit had planned to support Michael Matthews in the stage two finale until a pile-up forced a change in plans ten kilometres from the finish in Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche.

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) won the sprint ahead of John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and race leader Nacer Bouhanni ( Keukeleire sprinted in for ninth. Matthews was the final rider to finish the stage, 9’16 behind Hofland.

“We were trying to set up the stage for Bling [Michael Matthews] today. We had no interest in the break at all. We were happy to let a group go, but we weren’t going to ride. There were plenty of other teams to take responsibility for the chase. Everything was going perfectly to plan until things went sideways with 12 or 13 kilometres to go. Someone came underneath Bling and the crash caused a big chain reaction. Heaps of guys went down, and Bling was one of the worst off. He seems to have come away without being too badly injured, but it was enough to take him completely out contention for the stage. We had to change plans on the fly and work for Jens in the end.” - Sport Director Dave McPartland



Place Rider/Team Time
1 Moreno Hofland (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 4:53:46
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - ST
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) - Team Katusha ST
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) - BMC Racing Team ST
6 Bryan Coquard (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
7 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) - Bretagne - Seche Environnement ST
8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) - Lotto Belisol ST
9 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
84 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:18
116 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
124 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:48
126 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:05
130 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:10
166 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:09:16
167 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST