Team Sky keep eye firmly on Paris-Nice prize

12 March 2019 04:24
Team Sky once again came out of the crosswind chaos that is this year's Paris-Nice – just two stages old – as the team most likely to have the overall winner in its ranks come next weekend, having kept the GC hopes of two of their leaders alive on a day when many other contenders' chances faded. Michal Kwiatkowski – now second overall, 12 seconds down on race leader Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Jumbo) – and Egan Bernal, in fifth place, seven seconds further down, owe much to the almost indefatigable Luke Rowe, who created the final, decisive split of eight riders with around six kilometres of the 163.5km second stage to go, before the Welshman peeled off, having done his job, with a little over a kilometre left. While Groenewegen took his second stage win in as many days, Rowe rolled in, alone, having lost just 38 seconds in the closing kilometre, and now sits 36th overall, almost a minute down on the race's Dutch leader. Not that Rowe will be giving his position any thought; the 29-year-old will now turn his attention to stage 3 on Tuesday, in the hope of doing some more damage on the 200km stage from Cepoy to Moulins.ADVERTISEMENT Impressive as the three Team Sky riders were, with the same trio having kept themselves in contention on the equally tough and windy opening stage on Sunday, what was all-the-more impressive was that Kwiatkowski had needed to battle back from a puncture with just over 40km to go. "Never give up," the Polish road race champion tweeted, in hashtag form, after the stage, adding that he'd recorded an average speed of 51.2kph. One message: #nevergiveup. Happy to finish this hectic stage on 5th place 51.2 - average! @TeamSky@ParisNice — Michal Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) March 11, 2019 You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News