Paris - Nice 2023: Sprint triumph Kooij, Pogacar still leader

Olav Kooij - Paris - Nice 2023: Sprint triumph Kooij, Pogacar still leaderimage: Cor VosThe 5th stage of Paris-Nice is the longest of the entire Race to the Sun. And the slowest. All action is packed together in the last kilometres. Young Olav Kooij powers to victory ahead of Mads Pedersen and Tim Merlier. Tadej Pogacar stays in yellow. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage Paris-Nice 2023

1. Olav Kooij (nld)
2. Mads Pedersen (den) s.t.
3. Tim Merlier (bel) s.t.
4. Matteo Trentin (ita) s.t.
5. Max Kanter (ger) s.t.
6. Bryan Coquard (fra) s.t.
7. Sam Bennett (irl) s.t.
8. Arne Marit (bel) s.t.
9. Hugo Page (fra) s.t.
10. Cees Bol (nld) s.t.

GC after stage 5
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. David Gaudu (fra) + 0.06
3. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 0.44
4. Simon Yates (gbr) + 0.56
5. Gino Mäder (swi) + 1.19
6. Romain Bardet (fra) + 1.40
7. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) s.t.
8. Matteo Jorgenson (usa) + 1.42
9. Neilson Powless (usa) + 1.44
10. Matteo Sobrero (ita) + 1.54

Race report
Jonas Gregaard escapes from the gun and Sandy Dujardin joins him on the Côte de Coise. Gregaard cements his lead in the KOM competition on the top, which he repeats on the Côte de l’Aubépin and Côte de Treves. He waits for the peloton after that last climb, while Dujardin is caught with 90 kilometres to go.

The peloton remains bunched for the rest of the day until the intermediate sprint injects some excitement. David Gaudu gains a time bonus of 6 seconds ahead of his team mate Arnaud Démare, while Tadej Pogacar takes 2.

Young Olav Kooij outguns Mads Pedersen in the ensuing bunch sprint. Tim Merlier begins his srint too far back and finished in third.

Tadej Pogacar stays in yellow, 6 seconds ahead of his main rival David Gaudu. Jonas Vingegaard sits in third, another 38 seconds further behind.

Another interesting read: route 5th stage 2023 Paris-Nice.

Paris-Nice 2023 stage 5: route, profiles, more

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