Niccolò Bonifazio spoils Jan Tratnik's breakaway with just 25m to go on Stage 5 of Paris Nice
Breakaway hero Jan Tratnik just 25 metres short of victory as Niccolo Bonifazio beats Ivan Garcia to second in a dramatic sprint finale
Paris-Nice, one of the few cycling events going ahead at the moment featured it’s longest stage from Gannant to La Cote-Saint-Andre across 212km.
Stage five started with attacks early on, and a breakaway formed of four riders 8km into the stage including Jan Tratnik. The break had a gap of around 7′ at one point which was cut to 5’30.” with 100km left to race as the peloton increased the speed. With 20km left to race, the break’s advantage had been narrowed to around a minute with only two riders left, including Tratnik.
With 7km remaining, Jan Tratnik (Cortina) pulled clear and went for the line but was unfortunately caught by the bunch sprint 25m from the line.
It was Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) who took the sprint win, ahead of Iván Cortina being the runner up following yesterday’s win.
VIDEO: 2020 Paris-Nice Stage 5 Highlights
2020 Paris-Nice Stage 5 Top 10
1 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Total-Direct Energie 05:18:02
2 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
5 Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
6 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
10 Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
2020 Paris-Nice GC after Stage 5
1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 18:49:00
2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 00:00:58
3 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:01:01
4 Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 00:01:05
5 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:01:06
6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren 00:01:09
7 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb 00:01:11
8 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation
9 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 00:01:15
10 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:01:16