Former under-23 world champion Alexey Lutsenko surged 15 km from Salon de Provence to move six seconds short of the Paris-Nice yellow jersey, still held by Michael Matthews at the end of stage 5 on Friday. The Kazah earned the stage laurels with a 21seconds 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...
"I attacked in the last climb. I managed to take some 40 seconds and I rode the last 25 kilometres solo. It's my second World Tour victory after a stage on the Tour of Switzerland last year. But it's my best victory of the season, for me and for the team. Tomorrow, we will see."
The stage in videos
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The stage in pictures
Paris-Nice 2016 - 11/03/2016 - Etape 5 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux - Salon-de-Provence (198 Km) - HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus, Movistar Team, Maillot à pois de meilleur grimpeur © ASO/G.Demouveaux
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux in Drôme Provençale is a town surrounded by greenery. Visitors are always amazed by its heritage, authenticity and energy. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the town was founded in Antiquity as the new capital of the Tricastini tribe, who later came under Roman rule. The cathedral, the town's iconic monument, was built from the 12th century onwards. The town ramparts also contribute to its picturesque, medieval appearance. Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux is also a gastronomic centre with the iconic Tricastin Black Truffle omnipresent in restaurants and markets here. This rare and aromatic black truffle is a luxury product in a class of its own. Tricastin is the leading truffle-producing region in France and was awarded the coveted label Site Remarquable du Goût (Outstanding Taste Site) in 2013. In winter you can visit the truffle market and take part in many events specially organised around the so-called “black diamond”. Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux is also a great year-round place to visit. There are many discovery trails for visitors to explore the natural, architectural and industrial heritage.
Salon, in the heart of historic Provence, is a town with outstanding heritage. Greenery is everywhere in and around the town - parks, pine forests and walking trails. Visitors are also attracted to the town for its architectural landmarks such as the Château de l'Empéri, the Tour de l'Horloge (Clock Tower) and the Fontaine Moussue as well as its pleasant pedestrianised streets and squares shaded by plane trees. It's a great place for strolling around, relaxing and stopping for refreshments on one of the large café terraces. Salon is an official “Ville d'Art” and offers a varied cultural programme including theatre, dance, music, museums and exhibitions. The heart of a town, like the heart of an athlete, beats to the rhythm of hard work, dedication and talent. These three elements are supplied on a daily basis by the 600 shop, restaurant and café owners in Salon and contribute to the quality of life, bustling atmosphere, image and dynamism of the town. A varied events programme, 4,000 parking spaces and great tourist facilities all make it an attractive place to visit. Salon-de-Provence is the city of Nostradamus and soap-makers, as well as the base for the Patrouille de France aerobatic display team.
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