Temporytteren Simon Yates pitched to, as the riders in the etapeløbet Paris-Nice on Thursday, frolicking with a time trial.
Here was the 26-year-old Mitchelton-Scott-rider too strong for the competition, and he prevailed in front of Nils Politt (Katusha) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).
5. finish the time trial commanded of 25.5 miles in a circular route at Barbentane in the south of France.
The distance travelled Yates on 30,26 minutes, while Politt and Kwiatkowski were, respectively, 7 and 11 seconds.
Third place on the stage meant that the 28-year-old Kwiatkowski retained the race's yellow jersey, and the pole leading the race with 19 seconds down to teammate Egan Bernal, while Luis León Sanchez (Astana) in the overall standings, 28 seconds after Kwiatkowski.
Casper Pedersen (Sunweb) was the best placed dane on the stage, when he was in goal a minute and 26 seconds, which stretched out to a 35.-space.
the time trial came a day after the Danish Magnus Cort (Astana) triumphed in the 4. stage, when he ran off after having sat in an outbreak.
the Paris-Nice ends on Sunday, when the riders reach their goal in Nice.
Cycling - 13. mar. 2019 - at. 18:32 Eerie images: Topryttere huber pedestrian down in the large stage races