Jerome Cousin beats Nils Politt in sprint of two at Paris-Nice
Mar 08 2018 05:21 pm CET

Jerome Cousin beats Nils Politt in sprint of two at Paris-Nice
Jerome Cousin beats Nils Politt in sprint of two at Paris-Nice
Direct Energie © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Direct Energie's Jerome Cousin has won the fifth stage of Paris-Nice. The Frenchman beat Nils Politt of Katusha-Alpecin in a sprint of two.

The fifth of eight stages began in Salon-de-Provence and finished 165 kilometers later in the town of Sisteron. The route included several climbs, including the first-category Col de Lagarde-d'Apt, but its relatively flat finale still seemed suitable for a sprint finish.

Four riders had different plans however. Politt, Cousin, Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) attacked in the first kilometers and created a gap of just over five minutes.

This advantage was slowly reduced in the second half of the stage. Politt attacked when the peloton appeared to be nearing, and was joined by Cousin. The German put in a big effort to stay ahead of the pack, while trying to motivate his companion to take more turns as well.

Politt attempted two more attacks in the last few kilometers but could not get away from the Frenchman. Cousin did what was expected to take the victory as Politt lacked the energy to truly compete in the sprint.

the peloton, with Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudual at the front, finished only a few seconds later.

Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez remains at the top of the overall standings.






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