Friday March 8th, 2013

Stage 5Châteauneuf-du-Pape / La Montagne de Lure

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

Porte outwits Talansky to seize Paris-Nice lead

Stage summary08.03.2013Stage 5- Châteauneuf-du-Pape / La Montagne de Lure

Richie Porte made a big step towards becoming the first Australian to win Paris-Nice with his shrewd, impressive victory at the top of Montagne de Lure at the end of stage 5. The Team Sky leader rewarded his team-mates for their precious work in this 176-kms ride from Chateauneuf-du-Pape but also outwitted yellow jersey holder Andrew Talansky (GRS), probably too bold and inexperienced, who wasted time and energy attacking three times in the finale. The young American showed temperament and character but now lies 32 seconds behind the new leader overall, a gap which seems difficult to bridge in the final time trial up Col d'Eze on Sunday. Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, second last year, is now third, 42 seconds adrift. 

Voigt shows the way

The start was given at 11:22 to 170 riders. Simon Gerrans (OGE), suffering from bronchitis, did not start. At kilometre 14, Jens Voigt (RLT) shook the peloton when he surged to go on his own. The veteran German was quickly joined by Cyril Lemoine (SOJ), Paolo Longo Borghini (CAN) and Thierry Hupond (ARG). The lead of the four quickly grew to reach 4:30 (km 30) and six minutes at the top of the 2nd category Col de Murs (Km 47). Lemoine was first at the top.

Hupond collects

The first sprint of the day went to Longo Borghini. In the second climb of the day, Col d'Oppedette (Km 85), Hupond was first at the top as the lead of the break reached a maximum of 6:35. Hupond again collected the points in the 3rd category Cote de St Martin-les-Eaux (km 123), Col de la Mort d'Imbert (Km 134.5) and Cote des Mourres (km 152). As Team Sky and Orica Greendge riders seized the peloton reins, the gap went down and a crash involved several riders at the back of the pack (Km 144). Shorty before the pile-up Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (SKY) called it quits.

Voigt on his own

The peloton tackled the last climb 1:25 behind the break, which split when Voigt attacked at the foot of the ascent. Team Sky's David Lopez and Kanstantsin Siutsov seized the reins of the bunch in the climb, Richie Porte on their heels. Their pace was too high for the old man of the peloton, who was reeled in seven kilometers from the line on an attack by Davide Malacarne (EUC).  Other vain moves were attempted by Robert Gesink (BLA), Christophe Le Mevel (COF) and Michele Scarponi (LAM).

Porte outwits Talansky

The surprise came from Andrew Talansky, who decided that attack was probably the best defence of his jersey. He attacked three times with three kilometers, two kilometers and one kilometer to go, the last time to chase behind Russia's Denis Menchov (KAT). But the young American probably slightly overdid it as he was countered by Richie Porte, who went on his own in the last kilometre and a half, to clinch a brilliant solo win with a 26 seconds lead over Menchov, while Talansky had to be content with third place, 33 seconds behind the Australian.  Overall, Porte now leads Talansky by 32 seconds and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra (VCD) by 42 seconds.   


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