Hofland wins stage two of Paris-Nice race

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iol spt feb9 Cycling_generic INDEPENDENT MEDIA There was stress and no small measure of relief on the face of the organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour as they announced a revised route and reduced distance for the race because of the fires that have devastated the peninsula.

Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche - Moreno Hofland of the Netherlands won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish on Monday, and Nacer Bouhanni of France retained the overall lead.

The 22-year-old Hofland won in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 46 seconds on the 205-kilometer (127-mile) trek from Rambouillet to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche for his first career stage win. The Dutchman moved into third place overall.

John Degenkolb of Germany finished second and stayed in second overall, two seconds benind Bouhanni, who finished third. Bouhanni won Sunday's first stage.

Aleksejs Saramotins of Latvia and Anthony Delaplace of France broke away early on and opened up a sizeable lead, but with 20 kilometers to go they were only three minutes ahead of the chasing pack and were caught shortly after.

Sapa-AP


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