Jakob Fuglsang celebrates in Tirreno-Adriatico, Adam Yates keeps GC lead
Mar 17 2019 11:54 pm CET

Jakob Fuglsang celebrates in Tirreno-Adriatico, Adam Yates keeps GC lead
Jakob Fuglsang celebrates in Tirreno-Adriatico, Adam Yates keeps GC lead
Photo of Jakob Fuglsang by Astana Pro Team

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has taken the victory of the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Adam Yates and Primoz Roglic crossed the finish line in the second and third positions, respectively.

A 'wall climbing stage' is the best description of the fifth day of competition in Italy on which the peloton faced a 180-kilometre course that featured several steep climbs in the last half, with a climbing finish in Recanati.

The escape of the day was formed within the first 25 kilometres and included riders like Nico Denz, Daniel Oss, Tosh Van Der Sande, Mads Pedersen, Jorfe Arcas and Nathan Van Hooydonck, among others. This group created a gap of more than nine minutes with the pack.

Oss and Denz attacked on one of the descents of the day and built a gap with the rest of the escapees, but at around 50 kilometres to go they were reeled back in. Some kilometres later, Denz, Davide Gabburo, Pedersen and Edoardo Zardini changed the pace in front and left the rest of the escapees behind.

The toughness of the course left a reduced peloton - that included the favourites to win the race - chasing the front group. With 24 kilometres to go, and as Gabburo and Pedersen were left alone in front, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) attacked from the reduced pack and soon arrived to the front duo and taking Denz back in the process.

Behind, Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe also tried his luck and went on by himself to catch the escapees but was soon caught back by the pack. With 17 kilometres to go, EF Education First's Simon Clarke hit the deck in a curve.

With 12 kilometres to go, Fuglsang and Gabburo were left alone in front and soon after the Danish rider of Astana kept going by himself. One kilometre later, Yates made a move from the favourites' group and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed at his wheel.

Yates and Roglic joined Gaburro and Pedersen and the four riders continued to try to reel back Fuglsang. At a bit more than 2 kilometres to go, Yates and Roglic left the rest of the chasers behind but half a kilometre later, the Briton dropped the rider of Jumbo-Visma on the last climb.

Fuglsang crossed the finish line 40 seconds ahead of Yates and 56 of Roglic. Tom Dumoulin was the fourth rider at the finish at one minute and 49 seconds from the Danish rider of Astana.

Yates managed to keep the lead of the General Classification. Roglic sits in the second overall position at 25 seconds from the Briton and Fuglsang is third at 35 seconds.




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