Unpredictable stage 5 at Paris Nice
Sisteron, Thursday 8th March – At the start of Stage 5 at the Boulevard Nostradamus in Salon-de-Provence no one could have predicted – not even Nostradamus – what would the conclusion of today’s stage look like. Today’s stage was 165 km long with 4 climbs and one long and dangerous descent to the small 8th century historic town of Sisteron.
»A long descent after Col du Négron was very dangerous. There was snow on the sides of the road and due to that the road was melting. It was wet and I even think there were ice blocks on the road,« commented Antonio Nibali after the race.
Team Bahrain Merida worked well today. Heinrich Haussler was unfortunate 12,4 km to go with a puncture so he was not able to sprint as he planned to the finish line. Iván García Cortina finished 15th today in a bunch sprint.
»The last descent was so fast due to the back wind that sprinters couldn’t do much at the end because the whole peloton was amazingly fast,« said Ion Izagirre after the race. Today sprinters couldn’t do much and the win was absolutely unpredictable. The French rider took a glory in a small French town from where tomorrow another stage will start.
Today’s stage for Bahrain Merida ended with no changes in the General Classification. The Izagirre brothers kept the same gap behind the leader and will fight further on to tomorrow’s long and hard stage with 5 hard climbs.