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Mads Pedersen wins the second stage and is the new leader

EFE · Road Competition · 03/06/2023

Mads Pedersen, Danish cyclist of the Trek-Segafredo team, is the new leader of the 81st edition of the Paris-Nice after winning the second stage, a day of 163.7 kilometers contested this Monday between the towns French from Bazainville and Fontainebleau.

Pedersen (Tollose, 27 years old), who inherited Alejandro Valverde’s World Cup rainbow jersey in 2019, was the fastest in the outcome by speed. He won with a time of 3 hours, 28 minutes and 57 seconds, at an average of 47 kilometers per hour, ahead of the 21-year-old Dutchman Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) and another Dans, Magnus Cort ( EF Education – EasyPost).

In a long, chaotic and messy finish, including one each 1,100 meters from the finish line, the favorites came in with the same time, and were already guarding their weapons for this Tuesday’s team time trial, which will start at clarify the general

On a more ambitious day, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar gained 6 seconds in the intermediate sprint in La Chapelle-la-Reine, so he already has a small 12-second cushion over Jonas Vingegaard in his duel for the yellow jersey.

Provisionally, Pedersen took the leader’s jersey with 2 seconds over Pogacar and 4 over the Belgian and winner of the first stage, the Belgian Tim Merlier (Soudal-Quick Step).

A flat and favorable day for sprinting, in which a wind is feared that was never dangerous, although some gusts were tried. Only two stages on the route, the Cota de Granges-le-Roi (3 Cat. with 1.4 km at 4.3%), and the Cota de Mrville (3 Cat. with 860 meters at 4.4%) .

The stage is animated by the king of the mountain, dans Jonas Gregaard (Un X Pro Cycling), a brave lone who, oblivious to the wind, began to dream of something unattainable. The candy would be for the sprinters, whose teams pulled down the adventure 53 kilometers from the finish line, when the Nordic cyclist gave up.


The pilot rolled in a block to Fontainebleau at high speed, which prevented the fugitives from cheering. At 12 from the finish line, Pogacar appeared on the scene, with another warning for his rivals. Fight for the bonus of 6 seconds and a sprinter like Michel Matthews wins the fight.

Pogacar wants the “Carrera del Sol” and doesn’t waste any money, especially given that his team, UAE Emirates, will lose time in the time trial against Vingegaard’s Jumbo Visma.

This Tuesday the favorites will have the first fight in the effort as squads. The winner of the Tour will have the option to warn their number one enemy. The battle is over.

This Tuesday comes one of the key days of Paris-Nice with the team time trial between Dampierre-en-Burly and Dampierre-en-Burly, with a route of 32.2 kilometers where differences can be opened between the men in the general .

Video of the last kilometer

Classifications [Clasificaciones completas]

Classification of the 2nd stage:

1. Mads Pedersen (DEN/Trek-Segafredo) – 3:28:57
2. Olav Kooij (NED/Jumbo-Visma) – mt
3. Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN/EF-EasyPost) – mt
4. Daniel McLay (GBR/Arka-Samsic) – mt
5. Lionel Taminiaux (BEL/Alpecin-Deceuninck) – mt
6. Michael Matthews (AUS/Jayco-AlUla) – mt
7. Marijn van den Berg (NED/EF-EasyPost) – mt
8. Cees Bol (NED/Astana-Qazaqstan) – mt
9. Alexis Renard (FRA/Cofidis) – mt
10. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) – mt

General classification:

1. Mads Pedersen (DEN/Trek-Segafredo) – 7:19:35
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE Emirates) at 0:02
3. Tim Merlier (BEL/Soudal-Quick Step) at 00:04
4. Olav Kooij (NED/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:08
5. Sam Bennett (IRL/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 0:08
6. Michael Matthews (AUS/Jayco-AlUla) at 0:10
7. Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN/EF-EasyPost) at 0:10
8. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/TotalEnergies) at 0:10
9. Dorian Godon (FRA/Ag2r-Citron) at 0:12
10. Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:12

Next stage, 3: Dampierre-en-Burly – Dampierre-en-Burly / 32.2 Km. (CRE)

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  1. Wow, what a thrilling race! Pedersens win was well-deserved, but Pogacar is a force to reckon with. Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Are you serious? Pedersens win was a fluke, Pogacar is the one who dominated the entire race. Dont get your hopes up for the next stage, because Pogacar is going to leave everyone in the dust again.

    • Mads Pedersen is alright, but lets not get ahead of ourselves with the hype. There are plenty of talented cyclists out there who could give him a run for his money. The next stage will be interesting, indeed, but lets not forget the competition. #keepingitreal

  2. Wow, what a thrilling stage! Pedersen taking the lead and Pogacar with a close call. Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Mads Pedersen is definitely on fire! The next stage will be thrilling to watch. Lets hope he keeps up the momentum and leaves his competitors eating dust. #cycling

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