Race report

Kelderman up to 4th on GC after tough Time Trial


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.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: Time Trial day at Paris-Nice, we went for it with Wilco, but it turned out that he didn’t have his super legs in the end. He did a good performance regardless and now sits fourth on GC. We will keep on taking on the race each day as it comes and see were we are at on Sunday evening.”

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.