Team Sky's Greg Henderson kept hold of sixth place overall at the Paris-Nice by finishing safely in the main pack on the second stage from Contres to Limoges.
Henderson, fresh from his victory the previous day, came home 25th in the same time as stage winner William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom).
Bonnet timed his sprint finish perfectly at the end of the 201-kilometre route, edging out Peter Sagan (Liquigas) on the line.
Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D'Epargne) came home third having been overhauled after making the first move.
The final kilometre was marred by Lampre rider Grega Bole's high-speed crash.
Several others - including Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun), Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions) - were hauled down and left strewn across the tarmac.
Rabobank's Lars Boom finished 73rd on the day, in the same time as Bonnet, to retain the race leader's yellow jersey.
Boom is five seconds clear of Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), while David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) surrended third place to Sanchez.
The third stage on Wednesday covers 208km from Saint-Junien to Aurillac.