For the third time this week, Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay sprinted for the victory in his first Paris-Nice (2.UWT) and this after strong work of his teammates all day.
Behind the early breakaway of six riders, the men of the Belgian World Team controlled the gap in the lead of the peloton. Successively, Dimitri Claeys, Rein Taaramäe and Aimé De Gendt worked to decrease the advantage of the leaders and to surround Biniam Girmay on the multiple climbs in this sixth stage at the same time. Aimé De Gendt felt sick and used his last power in service of the team, just like Baptiste Planckaert one day earlier, before leaving the race.
In this way, Biniam Girmay covered the Cols de Murs, de Pointu, du Sambuc, des Portes, de Pas de la Couelle and de l’Espigoulier in a strongly skimmed peloton. He approached the last straight in Aubagne in company of Loïc Vliegen and Georg Zimmermann and sprinted from the middle of the group to fourth position.