Carlos Betancur wins stage 5 of Paris-Nice
Carlos Betancur wins stage 5 of Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas keeps overall lead
Associated Press
2014-03-13 11:42 PM

RIVE-DE-GIER, France (AP) -- Carlos Betancur of Colombia won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race Thursday in a sprint to the line, while British rider Geraint Thomas retained the overall lead.

After the last of the stage's four small climbs, three riders pulled away near the end and Betancur easily beat Luxembourg rider Bob Jungels in a dash to the line. Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark finished third, with all three given the same time of 3 hours, 38 minutes, 15 seconds over the 153 kilometers (95 miles) from Creches-sur-Saone to Rive-de-Gier.

In the overall standings, Thomas is three seconds ahead of German rider John Degenkolb, four ahead of Tom Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands, and five clear of Betancur.

French rider Nacer Bouhanni dropped out because of knee pains.

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