Dan Martin sits in fifth place at the Paris-Nice race

Martin finished fifth in during the sixth stage this afternoon

BY Cian Roche 17:13 Friday 10 March 2017, 17:13 10 Mar 2017

Image: Laurent Cipriani/AP/Press Association Images

Ireland's Dan Martin is in fifth place in the general classification after the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race.

The Quick-Step rider was fifth today as his teammate Julian Alaphilippe maintained the leader's yellow jersey. Martin finished one minute twenty seconds behind Alaphillipe.

Simon Yates of the Orica-Scott team attacked with 19 kilometres to go to win the stage from Aubagne to Fayence, finishing 17-seconds ahead of Team Sky's Sergio Henao.

The British rider was pleased to take a stage victory.

"I had a small idea toward the end whether I'd try something," he said after the race. "It was all depending on how I felt and the conditions.

"I got to the moment and I thought to myself 'why not?'. I had nothing to lose. If I get caught, I get caught. So I tried and I was just happy that it worked." 

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