Greipel wins second stage
TEAM Sky's Geraint Thomas remains 10th in the overall standings of the Paris-Nice after German Andre Greipel sprinted to victory on the second stage yesterday.
The peloton had held a minute's silence in memory of the 10 people, including three French athletes, killed in an Argentinian helicopter crash on Monday before Thomas, Germany's Tony Martin and Dutchman Lars Boom established a lead with five kilometres of the 172-kilometre stage between Saint-Aignan and Saint-Amand-Montrond remaining.
However, Greipel, assisted by Lotto-Soudal team-mate Greg Henderson, reeled them in and held off the challenge of French champion Arnaud Demare.
Welshman Thomas remains 13 seconds behind overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski, of Poland, but team-mate and former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins slipped back to 42 seconds off the pace.
FRENCHMAN Lloyd Mondory has failed an out-of-competition test for the banned blood-booster EPO, the UCI said yesterday, the third positive case involving his AG2r-La Mondiale team in recent years. The others to fail tests are Steve Houanard (EPO) and Sylvain Georges (the stimulant heptaminol).
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