Cees Bol has won the second stage of Paris-Nice. After an almost flat stage, the 25-year-old Team DSM rider was in a class of his own in the bunch sprint in Amilly. The Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek – Segafredo) finished second by a long distance and third place went to Australian Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange), who now owns the leader’s jersey.
Bol started the sprint in an impressive way and nobody could follow him. With a great display of power, Bol crossed the finish line a few meters before the competition. For Bol, who participated in the Tour of the United Arab Emirates last month, it is his first stage victory of the year.
Boost for self confidence
“This is the best feeling there is. This is a confidence boost. I started the season with difficulty, but we kept believing and today I finished it thanks to the great help of my teammates,” Bol said after his victory. . “I got through the last corner well and started the sprint at the right time. This also gives confidence for the other sprints this week, because we didn’t do well on Sunday.”
Irishman Sam Bennett was the best in the first stage of the French stage race on Sunday. Bennett now had to settle for fifth place.
On Tuesday there is a 14.4 kilometer time trial on the program, with start and finish in Gien.