Groenewegen wins sprint finish after windy conditions cause havoc in Stage 1
Dylan Groenewegen won the first stage of Paris-Nice after an enthralling final sprint.
The Dutchman, who rides for Team Jumbo-visma, held off Caleb Ewan to win in a time of 3hrs 17mins 35secs. Fabio Jakobsen finished third.
However, much of the drama of a dramatic stage came earlier in the day as high winds split the peloton apart.
When the run-in came it was Sonny Colbrelli who kicked things off with an early kick, but only Ewan really looked like challenging the powerful Groenewegen, narrowly failing to overhaul him before the line.
Michael Mathews was forced to withdraw from the race after a crash in the opening stage, while defending champion Marc Soler was among those who lost over a minute due to the conditions.