Paris-Nice
Stage 5: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours -Rive-de-Gier - Stage Details

A late race breakaway again stole the show at Paris-Nice with Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) winning a three-up sprint on stage five. Betancur bested Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to the line as the trio narrowly managed to hold off the chase group.

Bryan Coquard (Europcar) won the sprint for fourth, 2” behind Betancur, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) finished safely in the 59-strong chase group to retain the race lead. Although ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews elected not to contest the sprint, he was the Australian outfit’s best finisher in 13th place.

"We had already lost Gossy and Alba [Michael Albasini] by that point. Until two kilometres from the summit, we still had everyone in that front group. We lost Yates, Hayman and Docker over the top. That left us with Gerro, Keukeleire and Bling in the yellow jersey group when the action started over the top of the climb. Matthew wasn’t in a good position. Thinking about the stages coming up, it was better not to take too many risks." - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) - AG2R La Mondiale 3:38:15
2 Bob Jungels (Lux) - Trek Factory Racing ST
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) - Astana Pro Team ST
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) - Team Europcar 0:00:02
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
6 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) - Lotto Belisol ST
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) - BMC Racing Team ST
9 Borut Bozic (Slo) - Astana Pro Team ST
10 Marco Marcato (Ita) - Cannondale ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
13 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
19 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
81 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:00
82 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
121 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:12:00
136 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:35
144 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST