Canadian Parisien takes win in Catalunya

Francois Parisien wins stage, Volta a Catalunya 2013, stage five

Francois Parisien (Argos-Shimano) won stage five of the Tour of Catalunya diving past Stéphane Poulhies (Cofidis) on the line.

Parisien timed his sprint perfectly after Poulhies had started his sprint from a long way out, chosing to jump out of the tight right hand bend at 300 metres to go. Diving out of the final bend would have been the perfect tactic had the finishing straight been 50 metres shorter, but the gamble didn't pay off.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.