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Wednesday 13 December 2017

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).

TWICE Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has signed a new one-year contract that will keep him at the Tinkoff-Saxo team until the end of next season.

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