German rider Andre Greipel wins 2nd stage of Paris-Nice race

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) — German rider Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish on Tuesday, holding off a challenge from Frenchman Arnaud Demare and German John Degenkolb.

It was his first career stage win in the race, on the 172-kilometer (107-mile) trek from the ZooParc de Beauval zoological park to Saint-Amand-Montrond in central France.

Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany and three others broke out of the peloton and launched an attack with some 10 kilometers (6 miles) to go, but were caught by a larger group of eight riders close to the finish.

Stage 3 is a 179-kilometer (111-mile) route to Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule in the Auvergne region, one of France’s main food and wine areas.