The victory in the last sprinters stage of Paris-Nice 2017 for André Greipel
The 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2017 was not only the longuest of this 75th edition of the race, but also the last one which could work out for the sprinters. The peloton thus perfectly managed the early breakaway and caught it back in time for the bunch sprint to take place. This time André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) ended victoriously in this game, for the second time in his career in the Race to the sun!
The summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage
After the short but intense time trial yesterday, brilliantly won by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) ahead of Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), the longuest stage was on the programme of Paris-Nice 2017 today, with 199.5 kilometers between Quincié-en-Beaujolais and Bourg-de-Péage.
After a bit over 6 kilometers the race really got away with Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale), Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) breaking away from the peloton. The adventure with three riders in front didn't last for long however because they rapidly got company from Federico Zurlo (UAE Abu Dhabi), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Remi di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and it was thus a 6 men strong breakaway which continued to create a greater gap on the peloton, which was already up to 2'30" at kilometer 13 of the stage.
After a maximum around 6 minutes after about sixty kilometers, the peloton however starts to get back on the 6 rider strong breakaway, mainly thanks to the work of the Katusha Alpecin, Quick-Step Floors and FDJ teams. At the feeding zone this gap was already down to 3'35" but halfway the stage, on top of the Côte de Givors, it was back up to 5 minutes when Calmejane took the points for the King of the Mountains classification.
On top of the Côte de Saint-Uze, where the points went to Pierre-Luc Périchon and where there were only 47 kilometers left in the race, it becomes clear that the gap really went down now, to only 2'05". We clearly see that the sprinters teams don't want to miss the last chance they have in this 75th edition of Paris-Nice to win a stage.
The breakaway is then down to 4 riders, Domont, Berhane, Périchon and Di Gregorio and they only have a one minute gap left at 30 kilometers from the finish ... the sprinters teams manage to get back on these last survivors of the breakaway at 12 kilometers from the finish and the Katusha Alpecin, FDJ and Bora-Hansgrohe teams are then decided to leave no single chance to anyone else than a sprinter to win this stage.
The day before those mountain stages, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) keeps the lead in the general classification, after his wonderful performance in yesterday's individual time trial. 33 seconds seperate him from Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and 47 from Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team).
The video summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage