The Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) removed the 2nd stage from Paris-Nice on Monday at Châlette-sur-Loing, where the public was sidelined from the finish line to comply with the instructions related to the coronavirus. The German Maximilian Schachmann (Bora) kept the leader’s jersey after this 166.5-kilometer lowland stage which cost Colombian Nairo Quintana, the favorite of the event, dearly, and Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. Quintana was caught in a fall 25 kilometers from the finish when the peloton was already driving at high speed. On arrival, his delay amounted to almost a minute and a half, as for Alaphilippe, delayed by a puncture occurring at the entrance of the last 30 kilometers. In the final, the Slovakian Peter Sagan caused a new break that left behind Thibaut Pinot, who lost less than 20 seconds. On the other hand, the Colombian Sergio Higuita and the Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who finished in the leading group reduced to a dozen runners, carried out an excellent operation for the general classification. Nizzolo (31), who has won the Giro points classification twice, this time ahead of the German Pascal Ackermann and the Belgian Jasper Stuyven. On Tuesday, the third stage links Châlette-sur-Loing to La Châtre on a plain route of 212.5 kilometers.