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March 11/16 13:50 pm - Paris Nice: Stage 5, Duschene in break, 2nd in KoM


Posted by Editoress on 03/11/16
 

Former under-23 world champion Alexey Lutsenko attacked 15 km from Salon de Provence to move within six seconds of the Paris-Nice yellow jersey, still held by Michael Matthews at the end of stage 5. The Kazah earned the stage laurels with a 21 second lead over what remained of the pack after a succession of climbs including the Ventoux early in a 198-km ride from St Paul-Trois Chateaux. Australia's Matthews salvaged his overall lead thanks to his third place in the stage in the wheel of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), who won the bunch sprint for second place.

Seven-man break
The race started at 11:12 without Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff). On the gun, seven riders, Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx-Quick Step), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), Lars Boom (Astana), Wouter Wippert (Cannondale), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Matthias Brandle (IAM) and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) went clear and were joined by Jesus Herrada (Movistar) at kilometre four. Their lead topped at 11:05 (km 27). The first sprint of the day saw Lars Boom take the three points while Herrada made his KOM intentions clear by reaching the Col de la Madeleine in the front.

Down to five
The eight tackled the Ventoux with an eight-minute lead over the peloton. In the first corners of the climb, Brandle lost ground. In the peloton, most of the leading sprinters climbed at their own pace - Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Marcel Kittel (Etixx) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) were among those dropped and they never made it back. Greipel later called it quits, as did Frenchman Alexis Gougeard (AG2R) with flu. At the front, Courteille and Herrada parted company with their companions, the Spaniard going for the polka-dot jersey. Herrada reached the top in the lead, ahead of Courteille with Duchesne on their heels. The three were chased down by Boom and Vandenbergh in the descent, while the pack reached the summit six minutes behind.

 

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Antoine Duchesne solos over top of a climb - photo ASO/G.Demouveaux

 

Duchesne on his own
In the long descent, the gap between the five front riders and the bunch remained stable but was down to 3:25 at the Col du Pointu (km 131) which Courteille reached ahead of Herrada. In Lourmarin, Vandenbergh took the sprint honours but the group split at the foot of Cote de la Roque d'Antheron (2nd cat), when Duchesne went solo. He reached the top of the Cote de la Roque d'Antheron on his own, followed by Herrada and Courteille. In the climb, Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale) shook the peloton while Alberto Contador was seen near the front of the pack for the first time in this Paris-Nice.

 

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Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) catches and passes Duchesne  - photo ASO/G.Demouveaux

 

Lutsenko goes
In the final ascent of the day, Col de Seze (2nd cat, km 169.5), Duchesne retained 33 seconds over the pack, from which Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) surged in the descent. While the succession of climbs allowed Herrada to strengthen his KOM jersey, it was fatal to Trek-Segafredo team leader Frank Schleck, involved in an earlier crash, who was forced to call it a day. Lutsenko caught Duchesne and went on his own with 15 kms left in the stage. The 2012 under-23 world champion retained 40 seconds with 10 km to go. Katusha tried briefly to bridge the gap for Kristoff but gave up for lack of support and let Lutsenko go for a splendid solitary win.

ASO report

 

 

Stage 5: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Salon-de-Provence, 198 km
1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 5:00:26
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha at 0:21
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica - GreenEDGE
4 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida
5 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
6 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step
7 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling
8 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Delko - Marseille Provence KTM
9 Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
10 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits
11 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step
12 Kévin Réza (Fra) FDJ
13 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
14 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
15 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
17 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits
18 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
19 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
20 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo all s.t.
 
84 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 0:50
 
Time bonuses awarded
 
Rasteau (km 23,5)
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 3"
2 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 2"
3 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 1"
 
Lourmarin (km 141)
1 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step 3"
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2"
3 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 1"
 
Salon-de-Provence (km 198)
1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10"
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 6"
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica - GreenEDGE 4"
 
Points
 
Rasteau (km 23.5)
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 3 Pts
2 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 2
3 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 1
 
Lourmarin (km 141)
1 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step 3 Pts
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2
3 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 1
 
 
Mountains
Category 3, Col de la Madeleine (km 49.5)
1 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 4 Pts
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2
3 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 1
 
Category 1, Chalet Reynard/Mont Ventoux (km 71.5)
1 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 10 Pts
2 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 8
3 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 6
4 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step 4
5 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 3
6 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo 2
7 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1
 
Category 2, Col du Pointu (km 131)
1 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 7 Pts
2 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 5
3 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 3
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2
5 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step 1
 
Category 2, Côte de la Roque-d'Anthéron (km 162)
1 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 7 Pts
2 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 5
3 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 3
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2
5 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1
 
Category 2, Col de Sézetwitte (km 169.5)
1 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 7 Pts
2 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko - Marseille Provence KTM 5
3 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica - GreenEDGE 3
4 José Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 2
5 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1
 
 
GC
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica - GreenEDGE 19:24:58
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team at 0:06
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 0:18
4 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:23
5 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky both s.t.
7 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:28
8 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:29
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff 0:31
10 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team s.t.
11 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 0:32
12 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 0:34
13 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 0:35
14 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
15 Ruben Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team both s.t.
16 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto - Soudal 0:37
17 Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Tinkoff s.t.
18 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica - GreenEDGE 0:41
19 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:42
20 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:44
 
51 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 1:52
 
Climber GC
1 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team 28 pts
2 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 24
3 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 18
4 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 15
5 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 9


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