Stage 2 of Paris-Nice proved as brutal as the opening stage as the wind played a major role in deciding the stage. It was a day littered with crashes and saw both Louis Meintjes and Mark Cavendish out of the race. Bernie Eisel and Scott Davies managed to finish in a group just over a minuted behind the eventual stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), while the likes of Lars Bak, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Julien Vermote all navigated their way safely to the finish on a tough day out. Quote – Rolf Aldag “It was a really tough day for the team. After the conditions.

The UCI World Tour continues in Italy this week with Tirreno-Adriatico getting underway in the region of Tuscany on Wednesday. Once again it will be 7 stages that make up the Italian stage race, with the familiar team time trial in Camaiore and individual time trial in San Benedetto book-ending the race. Stages 2 through until 6 will not pass over any major mountains, but climbs a plenty will make this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico one for the puncheurs. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will look to start with a strong team trial performance, before targeting individual stage success. Who to watch… Tom-Jelte Slagter The many climbs.