The 3rd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico came down to a bunch sprint with Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Qickstep) winning the stage ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Greenedge) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky). It was a regular sprinters stage today as the only climb of the day summited with still 65km to go. The peloton allowed a 4 rider break to go clear and they rode away to a 4’30” lead over the Etixx led peloton. Orica-Greenedge would also contribute a rider to the chase and that was enough to make sure the escape was kept at a manageable time gap all stage. The catch was calculated to near perfection.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won the 5th stage of the Paris-Nice after a late solo break. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) took the bunch sprint for 2nd and race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) was 3rd. It was a tough stage today as the 197km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Salon-de-Provence included 5 categorised climbs, with Mont-Ventoux included among the collection of ascents. An early breakaway of 8 riders quickly opened up an 8-minute gap inside of the first 30km. The climbing then started and a natural selection began taking place as riders were dropped from the break and the peloton. The race would continually splinter and then regroup on each.