Giacomo Nizzolo powered to victory on stage 2 of Paris-Nice ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), to secure his second WorldTour victory of 2020 for NTT Pro Cycling.
As expected the second stage, 165.5km from Chevreuse to Châlette-sur-Loing, saw cross-winds play a crucial role in the final 32 kilometres and the in-form Italian make his move, as he joined a reduced group of eleven riders that found themselves in front for the final 10km.
Together with Nizzolo, the group included recent winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Jasper Stuyven, three riders from Bora- Hansgrohe and Nils Politt.
Nizzolo timed his sprint perfectly, to storm to the line in the final 100m to the delight of his teammates and support staff.
He also now sits second on the general classification, 15 seconds behind race leader Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Meanwhile the victory is the second at WorldTour level for Nizzolo in 2020 following his victory on stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under in January.
Meanwhile it also follows on from the team securing stage wins at the Tour de Langkawi and Etoile de Besseges, as well as clinching the South African road race title with Ryan Gibbons.
Obviously to be in front was crucial and I was there, waiting for the moment to jump across; and I had good legs so I could wait for the right moment without taking too many risks. So when that moment came I just went full gas and luckily I could get there so.
Of course after the victory at the Tour Down Under earlier this year with my condition I felt was good and I had several good results. But of course to win is something completely different and a stage at Paris-Nice is nice for me and the team as well. As you know we also ride for something more, we have Qhubeka on our side, so this is something special for them too.Giacomo Nizzolo