Friday 11 March 2016 at 18h28

The 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2016 was particularly animated between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Salon-de-Provence today. A group of 8 riders controlled the race until the climb of the Mont Ventoux where the group fell apart. One of the survivors of the breakaway, Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie), finally went off alone, before being taken back and dropped by Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) who managed to stay ahead of the peloton until the finish and thus won the stage in a solo win.

The summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2016: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Salon-de-Provence

Right from the first kilometer, a group of 5 riders got away from the peloton, before being joined by 3 other riders. That's how a 8 rider breakaway was set up: The breakawayJesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team), Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx-QuickStep), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), Lars Boom (Astana Pro Team), Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie), Wouter Wippert (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team), Dylan Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling).

At the intermediate sprint in Rasteau (at km 23.5), won by Lars Boom, the peloton already had a delay of over 8 minutes on these 8 breakaway riders and the gap finally went up to 11'05" at km 27. The 8 leading riders easily comes over the first climb of the day, the Col de la Madeleine, where Jesus Herrada Lopez takes the points for the King of the mountain classification.

In the climb towards the Chalet Reynard on the Mont Ventoux it was however more difficult for Matthias Brändle who lost contact with the group before Arnaud Courteille and Jesus Herrada Lopez decide to go on together, dropping the other riders of the breakaway. Antoine Duchesne managed to get back on them before they reached the top but loses contact again before they start the descent. It was again Jesus Herrada Lopez who arrived first on top, ahead of Arnaud Courteille, who was with the Spanish rider, and 15 seconds ahead of Duchesne. Stijn Vandenbergh and Lars Boom start the descent 55 seconds behind Herrada Lopez knowing that the other riders of the initial breakaway are over 2 minutes behind and the peloton 6 minutes.

Duchesne again joins the leading duo in the descent and Vandenbergh and Boom also manage to do so a few kilometers lower. That's how the breakaway partly got back together, with 5 riders. On top of the Col du Pointu (km 131) Herrada Lopez no longer takes the maximum number of points because Arnaud Courteille arrives first on top, ahead of the Spanish rider.

Antoine Duchesne attacksWhen they get in Roque-d'Anthéron the leading group sees Antoine Duchesne attack and the Canadian rider thus arrives alone on top of the Côte de la Roque-d'Anthéron, 32 seconds ahead of Herrada Lopez, 42 on Courteille, 1'02" on Boom and 1'45" on the peloton. In the last climb of the day, the Col de Sèze, Antoine Duchesne is the only rider of the initial breakaway to still be ahead, with a 1'05" gap on the peloton, but in the descent the Canadian rider was joined by Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) who got away from the peloton just after the top of this last climb.

At 15 kilometers from the finish, the Kazakh rider drops Duchesne and goes off to victory in Salon-de-Provence! Behind him, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) crosses the line 21 seconds later by taking the 2nd place of this stage in the sprint, ahead of the yellow jersey, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE).

The classifications of Paris-Nice 2016 after the 5th stage


Stage classification for the 5th stage Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Salon-de-Provence

Alexey Lutsenko wins the stageHere's the top 10 of this 5th stage:

1/ Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) - 5h00'26"
2/ Alexander Kristoff (Team Katsuha) - +0'21"
3/ Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE)
4/ Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida)
5/ Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo)
6/ Pieter Serry (Etixx-QuickStep)
7/ Vicente Reynes (IAM Cycling)
8/ Leonardo Duque (Delko Marseille Provence-KTM)
9/ Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling)
10/ Arnold Jeannesson (Cofidis, solutions crédits)

The general classification

Michael Matthews crosses the line in 3rd positionBy taking another 4 bonus seconds thank to his 3rd place in today's stage, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) still is solidly leading the general classification, even though Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) has now come sit in second position at 6 seconds between him and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) who is 18 seconds behind.

1/ Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) - 19h24'58"
2/ Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) - +0'06"
3/ Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin) - +0'18"
4/ Patrick Bevin (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) - +0'23"
5/ Jon Izaguirre (Movistar Team)


Points classification

Nacer BouhanniIn the points classification, the Australian rider also keeps the lead, but Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) can again put on his green kit because he'll still be wearing the green jersey:

1/ Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) - 53 points
2/ Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) - 33 points
3/ Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) - 26 points
4/ Ben Swift (Team Sky) - 22 points
5/ Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) - 18 points

King of the mountains classification

Jesus Herrada LopezArriving first on top of the two first climbs of today's stage, Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) takes the lead in the King of the mountains classification and thus puts on the corresponding polka dot jersey:

1/ Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) 28 points
2/ Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) - 24 points
3/ Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) - 18 points
4/ Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence-KTM) - 15 points
5/ Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) - 9 points

The video summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2016

door Thomas Vergouwen
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