Paris–Nice is a road cycling stage race that is taking place between 6 and 13 March 2022 in France. It is the 80th edition of Paris–Nice and the fourth race of the 2022 UCI World Tour.
On a day ravaged by severe and almost constant crosswinds Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) beat Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) to the line in Orléans to take stage 2 of Paris-Nice.▶️WATCH RACE NOW
Christophe Laporte finished safely in the lead group to retain his yellow jersey as the overall leader in the race.
Jakobsen was one of just a handful of top-level sprinters to survive a day of carnage in the crosswinds with his teammates delivering him perfectly to the finishline. It was a day to forget for American hope Brandon McNulty who finished over a minute down on the stage.
Paris-Nice stage 1
Christophe Laporte led home an incredible Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3 on the opening stage of Paris-Nice with Primož Roglič and Wout van Aert rounding out the top three.
The Dutch squad raced away from the rest of the peloton over the final climb less than 10 kilometers from the finish. There was no holding them as Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Team Emirates both lost ground in the overall standings.
Paris-Nice 2022 overview
Paris-Nice runs Sunday, March 6 through Sunday, March 13, and is the first major European WorldTour stage race of the 2022 season, testing riders and teams over eight days.
The “Race to the Sun” can be nearly as unpredictable as the Tour de France. It is considered a valid test of riders’ fitness and teamwork — with a time trial, climbing, and sprinting stages — and is often used to by the classics stars and Tour de France contenders as they build up for their major objectives.
The 2021 edition saw Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) crumble on the final stage when he was shed from the front group and crashed several times trying to chase back on. He dropped to ninth place, while Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) defended his title.
Roglič is again on the start list for 2022 and will have the help of teammate Wout van Aert, while Schachmann will be looking for a three-peat.
American Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) is coming off a win at the Faun-Ardèche classic and will have teammate João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) with him. And sprinters Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) will have a test of their respective sprint trains.