A solid performance by Wilco Kelderman on Stage 5’s time trial at Paris-Nice has seen the Dutchman rise to fourth place on the general classification, with only three days of racing remaining.
The 25.5 kilometre course around Barbentane saw the riders deal with a testing headwind during the opening section, before then returning to town with a sharp rise to the day’s finish. Wilco crossed the line with a time of 31 minutes 15 seconds, ending the stage in 16th place and subsequently leaping up the general classification to fourth at the end of the day.
Wilco said of his efforts:”It was an okay performance today, but I wasn’t feeling too great. What’s good is the position in GC now, so we will now just look at the race from day to day.”
There was also a strong showing from Louis Vervaeke on the day, initially finding himself placed amongst the top 10 on the stage, before then settling for 25th place by the end of Stage 5.
Stage 6 is a 176.5 kilometre route from Peynier to Brignoles, featuring predominantly rolling roads and a total of three categorised climbs in the latter half of the stage.