Team Sky duo Michal Kwiatkowski and Egan Bernal produced a composed performance in changeable conditions to gain time on their General Classification rivals in stage two of 2019 Paris-Nice.
Kwiatkowski returned from requiring a change of wheel with 50 kilometres to go to sprint to fifth, while Bernal was seventh on a windswept stage which saw the Team Sky duo expertly positioned in the lead echelon for the majority fo the day by Luke Rowe on Monday.
Kwiatkowski now sits second overall, 12 seconds behind Groenewegen, while Bernal is fifth (+19") and leads the Young Rider classification.
“It was a nice stage, but also a really hard one. It was windy all day and it was quite stressful in the lead group too. We started with Ivan [Sosa], Sebastian [Henao], Tao [Geoghegan Hart] and Jhonatan [Narvaez] and they put us in the front from kilometre zero, which was good," Bernal said.
“With Kwiato and Luke it is easy to be in the front as the peloton has a lot of respect for them, so it easy for me to follow them and in the final it was good. When you just have to follow it is earlier.
“They told me all day, ‘left, right, over here, stay focused here, we need to move over to the right or the front'. When you have people telling you what you need to do it is much easier!"