Geraint Thomas moves up to fourth place in Paris-Nice race

Posted: March 11, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Road cycling
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Geraint Thomas

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas moved up to fourth place in the overall standings at Paris-Nice by rolling home in the front group after Moreno Hofland had outpaced John Degenkolb in a flat-out finish to stage two.

Thomas was well marshalled throughout the 205-kilometre trek from Rambouillet to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche, and positioned himself towards the head of affairs as the sprint trains battled their way to the fore.

With Edvald Boasson Hagen out of contention following a tumble 10km from home, Thomas was content to stay out of trouble in the closing stages, and crossed the line in 14th position once Hofland had kicked early and held off a determined chase from Degenkolb to claim his first-ever WorldTour triumph.

Thomas climbed one place in the standings as Gianni Meersman was unable to regain contact after falling with Boasson Hagen, and the Welshman now sits 13 seconds back on Nacer Bouhanni, who retained his grip on the yellow jersey.

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