The victory is the first WorldTour triumph for the 26-year-old Italian who rides for Bahrain-Merida.

Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida won the second stage of Paris-Nice on Monday, the first WorldTour victory of his career.

Colbrelli beat John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Arnaud Démare (FDJ) in a hard sprint on a rain-soaked road at the end of the 193km stage from Rochefort-en-Yvelines to Amilly.

Stage 2, top 10

General classification, top 10

Colbrelli emerged from the large front group with somewhere around 225 meters before the finish line and was able to hold everyone at bay. After his victory, the 26-year-old unclipped from his pedals, got off his bike, sat on the curb, and appeared to break down in tears of joy.

Démare won Sunday’s stage 1 in a sprint to Bois d’Arcy to take the race lead, and he will wear the yellow jersey again for Tuesday’s stage 3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) is 6 seconds back in second, while his teammate Philippe Gilbert is 17 ticks behind Démare in third.

Gilbert rode alone out front for more than 13km before he was caught with a little more than 6km remaining in Monday’s stage. The sprinters’s teams in the peloton began forming up their leadout trains at that point. Small attacks from Kristijan Koren (Cannondale-Drapac) and Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) made the peloton nervous, but the offensives were ultimately short-lived.

The eight-day Paris-Nice continues Tuesday with the 190km stage 3 from Chablis to Chalon-sur-Saône.

Stage 2 results

General classification