Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paris-Nice, Elia Viviani Takes Yellow Jersey After Stage 2

After an encouraging prologue and 3rd place in the first stage, Elia Viviani took 2nd in yesterday's second stage (Vimory-Cerilly, 200 km), and thanks to time bonuses in the intermediate and final sprint, became the new overall leader. Besides the yellow jersey, the Cannondale Pro Cycling sprinter takes over in the green (points) and the white (young riders) jersey competitions.

 “Today my ambition was to take the win and the jersey,” said the track star from Isola della Scala, Verona. “And, I was close to getting both. I’m really satisfied: Kittel had a great sprint and I can’t ask for more. I was more hungry for yesterday’s sprint, but in general I’m happy for my performance so far. I feel good and my form is improving. Looking ahead to the spring classics, I see good signs. But now I want to focus only on Paris-Nice. Tomorrow, I will try to hold onto the jersey and – why not – to be competitive in the final. Then, I’ll see day by day and hope to hold the green jersey until Nice. I’ll race to earn as many points as possible, both in the intermediate and final sprints.”

After two days of mass sprints today might not be one for the sprinters as the race visits the first hills.

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