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Paris – Nice Stage Five: Barta Spends Time in the Hot Seat, De Marchi CCC Team’s Best-Placed Rider

Barta, who has previously shown his time trialing promise with a fourth-place finish at the US National Time Trial Championships in 2017, was the fifth rider to roll of the ramp in Barbentane.

The American rider, who stepped up to the UCI WorldTour ranks with CCC Team this year, set a competitive early benchmark at both the intermediate checkpoint (19 minutes 46 seconds) and the finish line (31 minutes 56 seconds).

In the end, however, Barta slipped down the rankings with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) eventually moving into the hot seat and going on to take the day’s honors.

Despite giving 100 percent in the breakaway yesterday, De Marchi was once again looking to test him on today’s time trial, and the Italian rider went on to round out the top twenty after posting a time of 31 minutes 27 seconds, just over one minute behind Yates.

Quotes From the Finish Line

Alessandro De Marchi:

“It was a quick course, and it was difficult to have a precise plan with the wind changing a lot throughout the day and even throughout your effort. Once again, I am happy with how I felt out there today, and for me, that is the most important thing at the moment.”

“The last part of the course was fast, and you needed to really push hard there over the last ten kilometers. My idea was to save a bit of energy for the last 15 kilometers so, the climb and the last part. In the end, I was able to accelerate a bit this, and maybe on the climb, I could have been gone a bit faster but, it’s easy to say that now it’s over.”

Will Barta:

“It was a nice course today. In the end, I didn’t do a recon ride, and there were a couple of tight corners but, overall, it was a pretty quick course. On paper, the climb looked harder than it was. There was a steep section of around 500 meters but, that was over really quickly because there were two switchbacks and you really just accelerated between them. You definitely had to push hard at that point but, I don’t think it was necessarily a deciding factor overall.”

Race Profile

Paris – Nice

Stage 5 / ITT: Barbentane > Barbentane (25.5km)

Top 3: 1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 2. Nils Politt (Team Katusha – Alpecin) 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

CCC Team Top 3: 20. Alessandro De Marchi 38. Will Barta 39. Amaro Antunes

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