For the second year straight Kiwi fastman Greg Henderson has taken a stage victory in Frances second biggest stage race Paris Nice. Missing out on victory in yesterday’s opener saw the SKY Pro cycling team take a different approach to the sprint lead-out with team mate Geraint Thomas surging ahead of the HTC-Highroad train in the final kilometer with Hendi stuck fast to his wheel.
“I had a great lead-out from teammate G (Geraint Thomas),” Henderson said on live television following his victory.
“We were waiting and waiting and then he went with 500 metres to go. I went early at about 250-300 metres but I hung on all the way to the line.
“I was really motivated for this race because I knew that if I got close on each day I could take the yellow jersey. I’m a couple of seconds off but it’s always amazing to win races.”
Hendi won by a full bike length with Australia's Goss second, Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) third, Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) fourth and the in-form Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) fifth.
With the claiming of the points competition at Paris-Nice and the 34-year-old New Zealander will auction his green jersey to raise money for those affected by the major earthquake in Christchurch. The ever hungry Henderson wants more than a stage win however and will also target the yellow jersey at the end of stage 3.