Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka helped animate the longest stage of this year’s Paris-Nice with Natnael Berhane in the breakaway and Kristian Sbaragli fighting with the top favorites in the sprint.
Since today’s stage was the last chance for the sprinters to fight for glory, the peloton made sure not to let the early breakaway get too much for a gap. Berhane was one of the first riders to attack and together with five others, our 26-year-old Eritrean rider quickly distanced the pack.
As the riders took on the last 50 km of the stage, the gap between the two groups continued to decrease and with just over 10 km left to go, Berhane and his breakaway companions were back in the peloton again.
On the final kilometers, the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders did well to set up Sbaragli for the sprint. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) ended up taking the win, while Sbaragli crossed the line in 11th place. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) kept the yellow jersey.
Tomorrow’s stage 6 of Paris-Nice includes no less than six categorized climbs. The first one is placed right at the beginning, while the final one covers the last 1.3 km towards the finishing line in Fayence. It may not sound as much but with an average gradient of 9.8 %, only the best puncheurs and climbers will have a chance to claim the victory.