Rodriguez Wins Stage 5 of Paris-Nice
Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d?Epargne) has won Stage 5 of Paris-Nice.
Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d?Epargne) has won Stage 5 of Paris-Nice. The Spaniard soloed away from four companions to win the mountainous, 201.5-km ride from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
The racing began early. Thierry Marichal (Cofidis) attacked in the first kilometer. He was reeled in, but Sandy Casar and Nicolas Crosbie (Agritubel) escaped at
On the Corobin, Posthuma attacked, and Rodriguez, Contador, and Moncoutie followed. One km from the summit, Rodriguez countered. He stayed clear of Posthuma, who in turn managed to stay away from the chase group that Pineau led in.
In the overall, Landis leads Patxi Vila (Lampre) by 0:09 and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) by 1:13. Stage 6 will be another hard stage. The 179-km ride from Digne-les-Bains to