Andre Greipel victorious in Paris-Nice, Julian Alaphilippe keeps leader's jersey
Mar 10 2017 12:17 am CET

Andre Greipel victorious in Paris-Nice, Julian Alaphilippe keeps leader's jersey

Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel has taken the victory in the final sprint of the fifth stage of Paris-Nice. The German champion was the strongest in the final meters and beat FDJ's Arnaud Demare and Lotto NL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen.

The fifth stage of Paris-Nice took place over 199.5 kilometers between Quincie-en-Beaujolais and Bourg-de-Peage in a route that had one climb of the third category and another one of the second.

Within the first ten kilometers of the stage a group of six riders took the lead and went ahead to form a gap of more than five minutes with the main bunch.

Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale), Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo Vital Concept), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Federico Zurlo (UAE-Team Emirates) and Remy di Gregorio (Delko-Marseille) remained at the head of the race for most of the day.

The peloton caught the front group just before the ten kilometer banner and right away the teams started forming to take their sprinters to the finish line. Katusha-Alpecin, FDJ and Team Sky took turns to set a good speed in the bunch.

Groenewegen was the first to launch the final sprint but Greipel showed to be strongest at the final moment. This is the second stage victory in Paris-Nice for the German champion, the first one was in 2015.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) took the fourth and fifth positions of the stage, respectively.

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) remains in the lead of the General Classification ahead of Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar).
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal