Jérôme Cousin puts in ruthless display to win Paris-Nice stage five as Sanchez holds lead

Cousin refused to work with breakaway partner Nils Politt before sprinting round him in the final 200 metres of stage five of Paris-Nice

Jerome Cousin wins stage five of the 2018 Paris-Nice ( Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie) took his first WorldTour victory on stage five of Paris-Nice 2018 after beating Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) to the line in Sisteron.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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