Germany`s Andre Greipel won a sprint finish to the second stage of Paris-Nice on Tuesday with Polish world champion Michal Kwiatkowski holding onto the leader`s yellow jersey.
In what was a largely straight-forward 172-kilometre run down from the ZooParc at Beauval near Paris, the only breakaway bid came from Frenchman Arnaud Gerard.
He kept the lead for 134 kilometres, but was easily reeled in by the peloton setting up the sprint finish.
Greipel dominated that to take the win ahead of Frenchman Arnaud Demare, with another German cyclist John Degenkolb taking third place ahead of Michael Matthews of Australia.
"Paris-Nice is a big race and it usually has quite a few top sprinters," Greipel said. "I hadn`t competed in it for several years, so I am delighted.
"I was feeling sick for a few days but made a quick recovery because I was already doing well in the Tour of the Algarve (February)."
Kwiatkowski said that he had been surprised there had not been more attacks in the race so far but was delighted to be able to hold onto the lead.
The Race to the Sun continues on Wednesday with a 179 kilometre stage from Saint-Amand-Montrond to Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.