The 2nd stage of Paris-Nice saw a big bunch sprint, which Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won ahead of Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal). Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) had no trouble retaining the overall race lead. The flat stage from Orsonville to Vierzon, stretching over 187km, began with pleasant weather greeting the World Tour peloton. The bunch was happy to start the day on a relaxed note with no riders looking to make an early breakaway. The first hour of racing produced an average speed of just 33km/h and the main group remained in tact for the opening 100km of the stage. It was only just after.