Lleid, Spain — Argos-Shimano rider Francois Parisien scored the biggest win of his career on Friday, winning Stage 5 of the Volta Ciclista Cataluyna in Spain. The 30-year-old Canadian, who joined the team at the beginning of the season, powered his Felt F1 FRD to the win at the end of the 156km stage in the town of Lleid.
Parisien benefitted from a perfect lead-out and flawless execution of the team’s plan. They studied the final 3km of the course the day before and knew exactly what to expect in the chaotic closing meters.
“From our reconnaissance last night we knew it would be crucial to go through the last corner in the top three,” Parisien said. “We did, and Albert [Timmer] led me out perfectly in the final meters. Everybody followed the plan and I finished it. It was unbelievably strong teamwork, and I’m very proud to win my first bunch sprint ever.”
Parisien said that since joining the Argos-Shimano squad he has been enjoying the form of his life.
“The team helped me improve,” he said. “I worked hard and knew it was just a matter of time. I already felt good this whole week, and now everything fell into place today. Before we started this race I thought my biggest chance for a stage win would be the last two stages, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday.”
The weeklong stage race, a top-ranked UCI WorldTour event, continues through Sunday, when it concludes in Barcelona.