Simon Yates takes first career time trial victory on Paris-Nice 2019 stage five

The Brit set a strong time early in the day over the lumpy course

Simon Yates takes the first time trial victory of his career on Paris-Nice stage five (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Simon Yates took an unexpected time trial victory on Paris-Nice stage five, the first TT win of his career.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider spent a long day in the hot-seat having set a strong time early in the day.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.