Israel Start-Up Nation took another Top10 result on the second day of racing in Paris-Nice as Rudy Barbier finished 10th in the bunch sprint in Amilly.
With lots of open roads to cover, many feared that the wind would play an important role today, making for a nervous day in the saddle. However, despite multiple attempts to split up the peloton, it always came back together again.
As the stage entered its final part, the ISN riders were constantly attentive near the front, keeping both Barbier and André Greipel in a good position. The German even won the last intermediate sprint of the day, taking three bonus seconds.
The final four kilometers included several tricky corners and unfortunately, a late crash occurred just as the pack was about to enter the last kilometer of the stage. Barbier managed to avoid going down but was caught in a position too far behind to contest for the win. At the end, he had to settle for 10th place as Cees Bol (Team DSM) took the win.
With another Top10 place in the race, Israel Start-Up Nation continues to lead the team classification.
Tomorrow, a 14.4 km individual time trial awaits the riders in Paris-Nice. The terrain is predominantly flat with a few short uphill sectors.
Sports Manager, Rik Verbrugghe: “The plan was to go for Rudy today, with André helping in the leadout. The guys were in a good position but unfortunately, they lost each other a little bit in a critical moment. Now, we look towards the time trial where we hope for a good result with Matthias [Brändle].”