Arensman and Bernal hold firm on GC

08 Mar 2024

Arensman and Bernal hold firm on GC

Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 5 » Torricella Sicura › Valle Castellana, 144km Paris-Nice - Stage 6 » Sisteron › La Colle-sur-Loup, 198.2km

Thymen Arensman put in an impressive ride on stage five to continue his march up the general classification at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Dutchman rode hard in the lead chasing group, leading his rivals into the final 300 metres of the stage on the way to fifth place at the line. That result elevated him to fourth overall on GC, one minute and 29 seconds back on leader and stage winner Jonas Vingegaard (Visma | Lease a Bike).

The Dane launched a move with 29km to go, pushing on solo to ride into the blue jersey. Behind Arensman reacted well, pulling the group back across to the duo of Jai Hindley and Ben O’Connor. In the end it was a group of six who finished together in Valle Castellana.

Tom Pidcock led home the second chasing group, finishing eighth on the stage. 
Filippo Ganna was another rider to put in a big shift during the 144km test as part of the day’s breakaway.

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Egan Bernal retained sixth place overall at Paris-Nice following a spirited ride on Friday's sixth stage.

The Colombian crossed the line inside the yellow jersey group, taking 10th place on the stage to hold position on the GC heading into the weekend.

The Grenadiers worked hard to set up Bernal, upping the tempo as the full team arrived on the front up the Col de Gourdon.

The peloton split ahead of the run through the finish, but Bernal was well placed as he took the bell. He settled into his rhythm on the final climb, and sits 1:14 off new leader Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) heading into the final weekend.

Carlos Rodriguez finished shortly after his team-mate and holds 13th on GC, 2:06 back on yellow.