Cycling, Paris-Nice: Pedersen unleashed, royal sprint ahead of Kooij

The Dane wins the second stage and becomes the new race leader. Pogacar is now 2” from the leader. Team time trial tomorrow

Mads Pedersen wins the second stage of Paris-Nice. At the finish line in Fontainebleu (163.7 km starting from Bazainville) the Trek Segafredo sprinter achieved his 29th career victory, the second of the season after the 5th stage of the Etoile de Besseges. Having metabolized yesterday’s 3rd place, the Dane preceded the Dutch Olav Kooij (Jumbo Visma) and Magnus Cort (Ef Education). First of the Italians Edoardo Affini 16th. Tomorrow third stage, 32.2 km team time trial, with arrival and departure from Dampierre en Burly. Pogacar is now in second place in the general classification, 2” behind the Trek Dane.

Arrival order

1. Mads Pedersen (Dan, Trek-Segafredo) in 3:28’57”
2. Olav Kooij (Ola, Jumbo-Visma)
3. Magnsu Cort (Dan, EF Education-EasyPost)
4. Daniel McLay (GB, Team Arkéa-Samsic)
5. Lionel Taminiaux (Bel, Alpecin-Deceuninck)


1. Mads Pedersen
2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo, Trek Segafredo) at 2”

3. Tim Merlier (Bel, Soudal-Quick Step) at 4”
4. Olav Kooij (Ola, Jumbo Visma) at 8”
5. Sam Bennett (Irl, Bora) at 8”