It was another brutal day in Paris-Nice, with the peloton being splintered by crosswinds and pelted by near-freezing rain. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) headed up the column of winners on the day, starting the sprint into Amilly and holding off the charge of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and race leader Arnaud Demare (FDJ).
The others who profited from the splits included Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal), and Sergio Henao (Team Sky) - all of whom made the front group for the second day in a row. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were more attentive on this stage, but there were a number of riders washed out of contention.
Richie Porte (BMC) is now 15 minutes down, while Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) is over 40 minutes down.
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