'Tailwind means warzone': Strava stats give insight on fast and furious Paris-Nice stage

Stage two of Paris-Nice was ridden in tail and crosswinds at almost 51kmh

(Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

For many riders at Paris-Nice, Monday's stage two would have been one of the fastest races they may have ever completed.

With tailwinds and crosswinds battering much of the 163.5km route from Les Bréviaires to Bellegarde, there was barely any time to take a breath as riders flew through the stage in 3-14-04, at an incredible average speed of almost 51kmh.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).