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The Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) removed the second stage from Paris-Nice, Monday March 9, in Châlette-sur-Loing (center), ahead of the German Pascal Ackermann and the Belgian Jasper Stuyven. 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. Colombian Sergio Higuita and Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who finished in the leading group reduced to a dozen runners, performed an excellent operation for the general classification. On Tuesday, the third stage links Châlette-sur-Loing to La Châtre on a plain route of 212.5 kilometers.