Boonen Wins Second Straight Paris-Nice Stage
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has won his second consecutive stage of Paris-Nice. The Belgian bested Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros) and Danilo Napolitano (Lampre) to take the rolling, 200-km stage from Cerilly to
In the first km, Nicolas Crosbie (Agritubel) escaped and ran up a 27:30 lead by
Dumoulin and Grivko stayed clear until the last two km, when the Quick Step-led peloton reeled them in.
Stage 2 was crash-marred. Crashes took down Christian Vandevelde and Michael Blaudzun (both from CSC), Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom), Sven Montgomery (Gerolsteiner), Mirko Celestino (Milram), and Brad Wiggins (Cofidis). Vandevelde, Fedrigo, Montgomery, and Celestino abandoned.
The mishaps have turned CSC?s strategy on its head. According to Bjarne Riis, the Danish squad?s directeur sportif, ?It was just plain bad luck that Michael and Christian crashed into each other and its too bad we have to do without Christian. He?s having his left shoulder X-rayed this evening, and hopefully he doesn?t have any broken bones. Blaudzun fought hard to get through the stage. He suffered quite a lot of pains in his knee but did manage to complete, which is actually pretty impressive. We?ll have a problem sticking to our plan with only six riders because the race will get tougher already from tomorrow.?
In the overall, Boonen leads Bobby Julich (CSC) by 0:17 and Kashechkin (Liberty Seguros) by 0:18. Stage