Paris - Nice
Stage 2: ZooParc de Beauval - Saint-Aignan to Saint-Amand-Montrond - Stage Details

Canberra’s Michael Matthews has sprinted to fourth place, narrowly missing out on a podium, on stage two of Paris-Nice today.

The 24-year-old was dropped into position following a desperate chase of three escapees and strong lead out by his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates. Powerful sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) took the victory in a long sprint.

With the help of an extra bonus second won at the second intermediate sprint, ‘Bling’ moves into fifth overall, nine seconds behind Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quickstep) who retains the yellow leader’s jersey.

“Today went really well when you consider the level of sprinters that finished in front,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal 4:30:18
2 Arnaud Demare (FRA) - FDJ.fr ST
3 John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin ST
4 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (SPA) - Movistar Team ST
6 Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits ST
7 Moreno Hofland (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo ST
8 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha ST
9 Jonas Vangenechten (BEL) - IAM Cycling ST
10 Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA) - Lampre-Merida ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
4 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
39 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
80 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
130 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:23
131 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:23
141 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:27
154 Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:26
155 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:08