Andreas Kloeden Climbs to Win in Stage 5 of 2011 Paris-Nice
Eleven years after winning the Paris-Nice race, German Andreas Kloeden earlier today proved he is still a force to be reckoned with when he won the hilly 193 km fifth stage.
I hate cold and rain, but here in Paris-Nice we can't complain about the weather. I survived the first nervous days without major crashes. Today I was ready for a good performance. A victory is of course more than expected."
Team RadioShack Sports Director Alain Gallopin was a very happy man after today's queen stage of the Paris-Nice 2011. "The first days we left the initiative to the others. Today we started to take command in the race and we controlled the race the whole day with the complete team. In the end it was up to Jani Brajkovic, Andreas Klöden and Levi Leipheimer - our three leaders - to finish the job. They didn't disappoint us," Gallopin told Roadcycling.com/Roadcycling.mobi.
"It will be hard to win this Paris-Nice, as tomorrow we have a very hard 27 kilometer/16.8 mile time trial and we know Tony Martin will be very good," Paris-Nice overall leader Andreas Klöden analyzed and added "It's hard to beat him in a time trial and he was very good today too. It's hard to defend the jersey but I'm going to try. For me it's not important how old you are. You have to stay motivated. I know I am a good rider. I work hard and today is the result. I will try everything and we will see tomorrow," Kloeden added and then left for a well-deserved hot shower.
Among the favourites in tomorrow's potentially decisive time trial are Briton Bradley Wiggins, Australia's Mick Rogers, Germany's Tony Martin, and Kloeden's American team mate Levi Leipheimer, who all lie 29 seconds behind the German overall.
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