Peter Sagan wins again in Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 12 2017 05:13 pm CET

Peter Sagan wins again in Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan of Bora-hansgrohe has secured yet another stage win in the Tirreno-Adriatico. The Slovak was the strongest in an uphill sprint at the end of stage 5.

The stage was marred by the departure of Orica-Scott's Adam Yates, who had been in second place after Saturday's stage but abandoned the Italian race during its fifth stage on Sunday.

The day's course included some tough climbs and was mostly hillt in the last 60 kilometers. Its total length was 210km with start in Rieti and finish in Fermo.

Mattia Cattaneo (Androni-Giocattoli), Mikel Landa (Sky), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) and Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) formed an escape group but were never given much space by the peloton and were caught at 44 kilometers from the finish.

Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski then had a try but the Team Sky rider was quickly reeled in as well.

The Polish rider refused to give up and launched another attack along with Tejay Van Garderen, Rafal Majka and Fabio Felline, but this move was soon neutralized as well as the peloton was determined to prevent such a high quality lead group.

Several more attacks happened on a steep climb at 25 kilometers from the finish, resulting in a new lead duo with Vasil Kiryienka of Team Sky and Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez.

The Spaniard soon found himself on his own after Kiryienka failed to keep up, but was then joined by BMC Racing Team's Van Garderen who attacked from the chase group with ten kilometers to go.

The two gave it their all but couldn't compete with the pace set in the chase group and were caught with just over three kilometers left in the stage.

Nairo Quintana was the first of the main GC contenders to shake things up. The Movistar rider didn't get much of a gap but his efforts were too much to several others, who as a consequence failed to hold on to the group.

Sagan initially didn't keep up either but recovered and bridged the gap with the lead group. The world champion initiated the sprint himself and easily beat the climbers to take the victory. Thibaut Pinot of FDJ came in second and LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic took third place.

Quintana remains in the lead of the overall classification.
Photo of Peter Sagan (cropped) © BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages





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