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69th Paris Nice - Stage 5 Report & Photos
 
By Giles Belbin
Date: 3/10/2011
69th Paris Nice - Stage 5 Report & Photos
 

Paris Nice - Stage 5 & Photos
2011 Paris-Nice – RadioShack's Andréas Klöden turns back the clock with a win in the hilly Ardeche and takes over custody of the yellow jersey

Andréas Klöden of RadioShack has won the fifth stage of Paris-Nice. Klöden, who won the overall in 2000, triumphed after a technical descent of the Col de la Műre into the finish town of Vernoux-en-Vivarais. Second went to Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel-Euskadi whilst Vacansoleil continued their fantastic race with Matteo Carrara taking third. Klöden's win propelled him into the leader's yellow jersey, where he is four seconds ahead of Sanchez.


Kloden takes Sanchez at the line Cararra third   Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

The 193km stage brought with it the first category one climbs of the race, with both the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret and Col de la Műre featuring on the route. A fast pace was set from the off with several attempts made at forming a breakaway but none succeeding.

The first decisive break went after 50km when Vacansoleil's Lieuwe Westra gained a lead on the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret, getting a gap of over 30 seconds at the top. Westra was pursued by four riders, Hubert Dupont (AG2R), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), David Lopez Garcia (Movistar) and Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo). On the descent the ranks of the four chasing riders were bolstered by Bretagne-Schuller's Romain Hardy.


Attack Vacansoleil's Lieuwe Westra  Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

The five caught Westra and with the breakaway now numbering six, they set about building a sizeable gap, recording a maximum of just over 4 minutes at the 80km mark. Back down the road the chase was being lead by the RadioShack and Rabobank teams, who worked to bring the gap down to a more manageable size.

By the time the race hit the final intermediate sprint at 128.5km, the gap was down to under two minutes with the peloton in control. On the fourth climb of the day, the Col de Montreynaud, Westra, Dupont, and Lopez-Garcia upped the pace and dropped the other three escapees.


Andreas Kloden leads the chase   Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

But it was not to last. The three came back to the main bunch on the descent of the Col de Comberon. Despite a number of attempts to force the final selection of the stage on the ride off the Comberon, including a seven man escape that featured four FDJ riders and at one point had 40 seconds over the peloton, the pack was back together as they reached the last climb of the day, the Col de la Műre.

The feared Műre soon had the peloton split to pieces. Several riders attacked, lead by Astana who were active on the climb. Their rider, Robert Kiserlovski and Matteo Carrara Vacansoleil were at the head of the race during the latter stages of the ascent before being joined by Xavier Tondo of Movistar and Cofidis rider Rein Taaramae near the summit. On the descent the four were then joined by RadioShack's Janez Brajkovic, HTC-Highroad's Tony Martin as well as Klöden and Sanchez.

Into the final kilometre, with the Martin and Sanchez prominent, Brajkovic broke to the front with 500m to go to lead out his team-mate Klöden. With 250m to go Klöden surged out from Brajkovic's wheel, chased hard by Sanchez. But the German dug deep and held on to take the victory.


Andreas Kloden  Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

Afterwards Klöden said: "Thanks to Janez Brajkovic, he led the sprint very well. I didn’t think I could beat Samuel Sanchez in a sprint. It’s a great performance by the whole team and it’s a victory by the team. I had good legs, I tried to stay with the best in the climb. Janez was there with me and there were other good riders like Martin and we were hoping to win the stage. For sure, we’ll try to defend the jersey but we’ll see from day to day. Tomorrow is a hard time trial and also the last four days were very hard and nervous. I hope the legs stay like this and I can also do a good time trial."


Kloden in the maillot jaune & bleu of Paris Nice.  Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage Five Top Ten
1. KLÖDEN Andréas 85 TEAM RADIOSHACK 4h 59' 00"
2. SANCHEZ Samuel 191 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
3. CARRARA Matteo 102 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
4. MARTIN Tony 21 HTC - HIGHROAD 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
5. TAARAMAE Rein 147 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
6. KISERLOVSKI Robert 76 PRO TEAM ASTANA 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
7. BRAJKOVIC Janez 81 TEAM RADIOSHACK 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
8. TONDO Xavier 58 MOVISTAR TEAM 4h 59' 00" + 00' 00"
9. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 1 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 4h 59' 18" + 00' 18"
10. ROLLAND Pierre 187 TEAM EUROPCAR 4h 59' 19" + 00' 19"

General Classification Top Ten
1. KLÖDEN Andréas 85 TEAM RADIOSHACK 24h 26' 13"
2. SANCHEZ Samuel 191 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 24h 26' 17" + 00' 04"
3. CARRARA Matteo 102 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 24h 26' 19" + 00' 06"
4. MARTIN Tony 21 HTC - HIGHROAD 24h 26' 23" + 00' 10"
5. KISERLOVSKI Robert 76 PRO TEAM ASTANA 24h 26' 23" + 00' 10"
6. BRAJKOVIC Janez 81 TEAM RADIOSHACK 24h 26' 23" + 00' 10"
7. TONDO Xavier 58 MOVISTAR TEAM 24h 26' 23" + 00' 10"
8. TAARAMAE Rein 147 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 24h 26' 23" + 00' 10"
9. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 1 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 24h 26' 41" + 00' 28"
10. KREUZIGER Roman 77 PRO TEAM ASTANA 24h 26' 42" + 00' 29"

Points Competition Top Five
1. HAUSSLER Heinrich 12 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 79 pts
2. HENDERSON Gregory 33 SKY PROCYCLING 56 pts
3. FEILLU Romain 101 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 56 pts
4. DE GENDT Thomas 103 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 55 pts
5. GOSS Matthew Harley 23 HTC - HIGHROAD 55 pts

Climbers' Competition Top Five
1. PAURIOL Rémi 95 FDJ 39 pts
2. WESTRA Lieuwe 108 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 25 pts
3. DI GREGORIO Rémy 72 PRO TEAM ASTANA 19 pts
4. DUPONT Hubert 43 AG2R LA MONDIALE 18 pts
5. DE GENDT Thomas 103 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 15 pts

Young Rider's Classification Top Five
1. KISERLOVSKI Robert 76 PRO TEAM ASTANA 24h 26' 23"
2. TAARAMAE Rein 147 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 24h 26' 23" + 00' 00"
3. KREUZIGER Roman 77 PRO TEAM ASTANA 24h 26' 42" + 00' 19"
4. MOLLEMA Bauke 3 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 24h 26' 42" + 00' 19"
5. SPILAK Simon 207 LAMPRE - ISD 24h 26' 42" + 00' 19"

Team Classification Top Five
1. TEAM RADIOSHACK 73h 19' 28"
2. SKY PROCYCLING 73h 21' 23" + 01' 55"
3. MOVISTAR TEAM 73h 21' 24" + 01' 56"
4. RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 73h 21' 42" + 02' 14"
5. TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 73h 21' 43" + 02' 15"


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