Boonen Wins Paris-Nice Second Stage

Last updated : 05 March 2012 By Kev Monks

Tom Boonen won the second stage of the Paris-Nice Classic but Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins took over as the Race Leader.

Stage Two was from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans, on a not particularly nice day weather wise.

It was a 185km stage, which went ahead without Nick Nuyens who abandoned and saw Lotto's Olivier Kaisen break clear early on.

He was away for close to ninety kilometres before he was caught by a twenty man group that included most of the race favourites including Brit Bradley Wiggins, in his British Champions jersey, who had finished second in the time trial yesterday and Geraint Thomas (pictured below) but not race leader Gustav Larsson who was a minute and forty seconds back in a fragmented peloton.

With fifty kilometres to go, Bradley Wiggins sneaked up and snatched the sprint points at Neuville-aux-Bois, ahead of Allesandro Valverde and Maxime Montfort.

Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt tried to get the second group on the road in touching distance of the peloton but the twenty one riders which included the likes of Levi Leipheimer, Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel,  Lieuwe Westra and John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i), kept up the pace and extended their lead on the road to two minutes and twenty seconds with 36kms to go. 

The rain came down again as the breakaway kept their lead at 2 mins and fifteen seconds.

Lieuwe Westra tried to attack with 3.7kms to go but was soon brought back by Sylvain Chavanel.

Bradley Wiggins was third as they passed under the Flam Rouge and Geraint Thomas moved up but Tom Boonen sprinted to the front to take the stage ahead of Rojas and Dagenkolb with Geraint Thomas tenth.

Bradley Wiggins (pictured below) is in the leaders yellow jersey, leading Levi Leipheimer by six seconds and Tom Boonen by seven seconds.







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