Gianni Meersman given time penalty for drafting at Paris-Nice, doesn't start stage three

Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Gianni Meersman withdraws from Paris-Nice after crashing on stage two and receiving time penalty and fine for drafting his team car

Gianni Meersman crashes on stage two of the 2014 Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Gianni Meersman was handed a time penalty and fine for drafting a team car and accepting a hand-sling from a team-mate during stage two of Paris-Nice on Monday.

The Belgian crashed in the final 10 kilometres of the stage, losing contact with the peloton. He could then be clearly seen riding closely behind his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team car and later taking a hand-sling from team-mate Niki Terpstra in his efforts to chase down the bunch.

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