Friday, March 8, 2013
Porte wins 5th stage of Paris-Nice, takes lead
LA MONTAGNE DE LURE, France -- Australian rider Richie Porte won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race Friday, taking the yellow jersey from Andrew Talansky of the United States.
Porte completed the 110-mile trek from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to La Montagne de Lure in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 54 seconds. Denis Menchov of Russia finished second, 26 seconds behind Porte, and Talansky was third.
Talansky accelerated in the final climb about a mile to go. But Porte passed the American, who slipped to second place in the overall standings, 32 seconds off the pace.
The sixth stage Saturday is a 136-mile ride from Manosque to Nice.