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Paris-Nice Stage 5 Post Race Thread

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Tony...Jeremy...Tommy....

It's Roy!!!!!! Chapeau!

And Haussler easily takes the field sprint.

Summary from Gav on the flip, for those who like such things.

A break of three riders went away at kilometer 13. And that was today's race. Thomas Voeckler of Bbox-Bouygues, Jérémy Roy of Français des Jeux, and Tony Martin of Columbia-High Road spent the day in the wind together, covering the seven climbs on the road to Vallon-Pont d'Arc. With 20 kilometers left to ride, Tony Martin tried repeatedly to leave his breakaway companions behind. Each time, Thomas Voeckler frustrated the German's ambitions.

In the end, Voeckler out-smarted himself. With just six kilometers to go, Jérémy Roy put in his first attack of the day. Sometimes, you only need one. Voeckler waited for Martin to close the gap, but waited in vain. The gap never surpassed ten seconds, but Roy held his advantage all the way to the line. Voeckler came within 20 meters of over-taking Roy, but never succeeded, and the 25 year old Roy celebrated his first professional victory. Quel Panache! Heinrich Haussler of Cervélo TestTeam won the bunch sprint for fourth.

The general classification remained unchanged with Sylvain Chavanel leading Juan Manuel Garate by 6 seconds and race favorite Alberto Contador by 36 seconds. The situation may change significantly tomorrow when the race finishes on the Montagne de Lure. The finishing climb is 13.8 kilometers with an average gradient of 6.6%. There is scarcely a flat kilometer in Friday's stage, and it promises to be a decisive moment for the general classification.

Here are the complete stage results and the current general classification. Philippe Gilbert has left the race.