Strava data reveals how brutal opening stages of Paris-Nice really were

A look at some of the power put out in the crosswinds by some of the top riders in the race

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Paris-Nice has been a fantastic watch so far, both stages one and two have caused drama in the crosswinds and have put the overall leader, Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), into a very nice position, but how do the stats look on Strava?

Stage one got cut to pieces by the wind and rain. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Tiesj Benoot (Team Sunweb) went for a long distance break with around 30km to go, they were caught just over the top of the cobbled climb in the final 4km by Schachmann and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) with Schachmann taking the win.

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