Israel Start-Up Nation scored another Top10 in this year’s Paris-Nice as Rudy Barbier finished ninth in the bunch sprint on stage 5.
The 200 km long stage was expected to be a day for the sprinters, leaving any breakaway very slim chances of success. However, it was still a surprise not to see any attacks at the beginning of the stage. The peloton stayed together all the way towards the finishing town of Bollène where Barbier did well to score his third Top10 in the race. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick Step) won the stage, while Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) continues to lead overall.
Rudy Barbier: “I had a good day in the peloton today. In the final, I was a bit alone but I still managed to make Top10 again. However, I’m not happy with this result but it proves my consistency. I have put in a lot of work before this Paris-Nice and I hope to take a win soon.”
Friday, the Paris-Nice continues with an undulating stage, which seems like a day for a breakaway.