Paris-Nice Stage 5: Andreas Kloden takes race lead as peloton suffers on the climbs

German edges home ahead of Samuel Sanchez as day's final climb takes its toll

by Simon_MacMichael   March 10, 2011  

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Andreas Kloden of Team RadioShack is the new leader of Paris-Nice, winning Stage 5 of the Race to the Sun in Vernoux-en-Vivarais this afternoon. The German, one of eight riders in contention for the stage win, just held off Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez on the line, with Matteo Carrara of Vacansoleil-DCM third.

Today’s 193km stage from Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coisesaw the first Category 1 climbs of this year’s race. For most riders, those would have been the first such climbs tackled in competition this season, and it was clear that much of the peloton was suffering.

The last climb of the day, the Category 1 Col de la Mure, came 11 kilomtres from the finish and saw Roman Kreuziger of Astana go on the attack as the peloton broke up behind him.

The Czech rider was swiftly overhauled however as others made their own moves, and it was the first eight men over the summit who ended up contesting the finale.

Inside the closing kilometre, Tony Martin of HTC-Columbia had his head down at the front of that group, with Sanchez sitting on his wheel.However, after a hard day’s riding, the Spaniard who usually would have been one of the favourites to take the sprint in these circumstances, appeared to have nothing left in the tank.

Kloden, urged on by team mate Janez Brajkovic who himself finished seventh, just managed to get across the line in front of the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider, and now leads the race by four seconds from the Olympic champion.

Afterwards, Kloden, quoted on the Paris-Nice website, paid tribute to the young Slovenian, saying: "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.

Team Sky's Bradley Wigins came home in te second group, 19 seconds down on the leaders. Tipped by Garmin-Cervelo manager Jonathan Vaughters as a potential winner of this year's race, the British rider lies 17th overall, 29 seconds off Kloden's time.

With tomorrow’s Stage 6 being a 26km individual time trial from Rognes to Aix-en-Provence, Wiggins will be looking to use his strength in the discipline to move substantially up the overall standings.

Paris-Nice Stage 5 Result

1   KLÖDEN Andréas          TEAM RADIOSHACK           4h 59' 00"
2   SANCHEZ Samuel          EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI        + 00' 00"
3   CARRARA Matteo          VACANSOLEIL-DCM            + 00' 00"
4   MARTIN Tony             HTC - HIGHROAD             + 00' 00"
5   TAARAMAE Rein           COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE + 00' 00"
6   KISERLOVSKI Robert      PRO TEAM ASTANA            + 00' 00"
7   BRAJKOVIC Janez         TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 00"
8   TONDO Xavier            MOVISTAR TEAM              + 00' 00"
9   SANCHEZ Luis-Leon       RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM      + 00' 18"
10  ROLLAND Pierre          TEAM EUROPCAR              + 00' 19"
11  SORENSEN Chris          SAXO BANK SUNGARD          + 00' 19"
12  HESJEDAL Ryder          TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 00' 19"
13  MONFORT Maxime          TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 19"
14  WIGGINS Bradley         SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 19"
15  VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen   OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO       + 00' 19"
16  SCHLECK Frank           TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 19"
17  SPILAK Simon            LAMPRE - ISD               + 00' 19"
18  ROGERS Michael          SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 19"
19  LEIPHEIMER Levi         TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 19"
20  PARDILLA Sergio         MOVISTAR TEAM              + 00' 19"

145 LLOYD Daniel            TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 25' 47"
160 THOMAS Geraint          SKY PROCYCLING             + 25' 47"
161 HUNT Jeremy             SKY PROCYCLING             + 25' 47"

Paris-Nice Overall Standings after Stage 5 
1   KLÖDEN Andréas          TEAM RADIOSHACK          24h 26' 13"
2   SANCHEZ Samuel          EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI        + 00' 04"
3   CARRARA Matteo          VACANSOLEIL-DCM            + 00' 06"
4   MARTIN Tony             HTC - HIGHROAD             + 00' 10"
5   KISERLOVSKI Robert      PRO TEAM ASTANA            + 00' 10"
6   BRAJKOVIC Janez         TEAM RADIOSHACK            + 00' 10"
7   TONDO Xavier            MOVISTAR TEAM              + 00' 10"
8   TAARAMAE Rein           COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE + 00' 10"
9   SANCHEZ Luis-Leon       RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM      + 00' 28"
10  KREUZIGER Roman         PRO TEAM ASTANA            + 00' 29"
11  MONFORT Maxime          TEAM LEOPARD-TREK          + 00' 29"
12  VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen   OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO       + 00' 29"
13  MOLLEMA Bauke           RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM      + 00' 29"
14  SPILAK Simon            LAMPRE - ISD               + 00' 29"
15  PERAUD Jean-Christophe  AG2R LA MONDIALE           + 00' 29"
16  ROGERS Michael          SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 29"
17  WIGGINS Bradley         SKY PROCYCLING             + 00' 29"
18  HESJEDAL Ryder          TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 00' 29"
19  ROLLAND Pierre          TEAM EUROPCAR              + 00' 29"
20  PARDILLA Sergio         MOVISTAR TEAM              + 00' 29"

136 THOMAS Geraint          SKY PROCYCLING             + 38' 54"
140 LLOYD Daniel	    TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 38' 54"
153 HUNT Jeremy	            SKY PROCYCLING	       + 45' 22"

 


 

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So is the time trial long enough for Wiggo to take back his 29second deficit and produce a GC win/ Confused

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posted by bikeandy61 [386 posts]
10th March 2011 - 20:11

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Should be in a good position by tomorrow night, bit the forecast for the Nice area this weekend is more like Wales, on a wet and cold weekend!

posted by simoncon [52 posts]
10th March 2011 - 21:16

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bikeandy61 wrote:
So is the time trial long enough for Wiggo to take back his 29second deficit and produce a GC win/ Confused

Very good question. Dave Brailsford won't be too impressed with the science of what follows, but having found a pen and an old envelope that is blank on the back, here goes Nerd

Tomorrow's course is pretty much two thirds the length of the Annecy time trial in the 2009 Tour de France. There's a fairly similar profile, too - unlike Annecy, the first half is downhill, but both courses have an uphill drag in the second half.

Now, Wiggins may have been in the form of his life in that year's race, but by then I think the mountains had taken their toll and with Mont Ventoux looming the following day, the main aim was consolidating and perhaps improving his GC place, which was 6th at the start of the day.

So, Contador puts in a storming ride to win in 48'30", Wiggins is 6th at 43 seconds, Kloden (who will finish 6th in the GC) is 9th at 54 seconds.

The result? Wiggins overhauls Frank Schleck (not the greatest exponent of the TT) and Kloden to go 4th on GC by two seconds from the German.

A great performance, but we know that on his day, and perhaps free from the distractions and pressure of an unprecedented performance in the Tour, Wiggins can go quicker against the clock. Had he not been so high up the GC, he may well have gone flat out for the stage win.

But can he put a second a kilometre into Kloden? Quite possibly, I think, particularly if the German's exertions today have taken their toll. Wiggins is sure to have had a big red circle round this one on the calendar, has kept his powder dry so far in the race, and will go flat out tomorrow. It's his big chance to make a mark on the race.

Looking at the GC, though, and on the subject of German cyclists, perhaps the relevant question isn't whether he can take half a minute from Kloden, but whether he can gain 20 seconds on Tony Martin? Thinking

One thing's for sure, whatever the weather forecast for tomorrow, there will be no repeat of last year's Tour de France debacle in trying to second-guess the rain - the start order is based on GC position, and Wiggins is off at 3:01pm UK time.

Go Wiggo!

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7915 posts]
10th March 2011 - 22:45

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