The opening stage in Paris-Nice (2.UWT) around Mantes-La-Ville this Sunday first saw a breakaway of Aime De Gendtand Holmes (Lotto). The two men led the race for more than 70 kilometer, but pressure reigned in the peloton and the duo was not given much freedom.
Once the leaders were caught halfway through the stage, rhythm changes caused incidents in the peloton. One of them involved Biniam Girmay, the protected rider of the Belgian World Team, but without panicking the Eritrean rider made his way back to the front of the peloton, while three riders set up a new breakaway.
The two local laps contained the Breuil-Bois-Robert climb (1.2 km at 6.9%) and first put an end to the attempt of the trio before giving the Jumbo-Visma team the opportunity to accelerate and make a selection within the sprinters. Girmay, who participates in the Race to the Sun for the first time, managed to climb with the best riders before sprinting to second place in the peloton, finishing sixth in total. In this way, the 21 year old rider conquered the white jersey as best young rider.