photo credits @ Tirreno-Adriatico
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico in solo fashion today, after the British rider succeeded in riding clear during the last four kilometers to beat his closest rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Michal Kwaitkowski (Team Sky) during a brutally steep climb to the finish.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) initially tried to close down Yates’ attack, but the Kazakhstan rider quickly lost his impetus and was forced back into the main group which became a race for second place.
Dario Cataldo (Astana), Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors), Kristijan Koren (Bahrain-Merida) and Steve Morabito (Groupama-FDJ) marked the day’s breakaway group that eventually opened up an advantage of more than six minutes over the peloton.
Attrition eventually took its toll on the escapees along today’s repeated climbs however, which ultimately left Cataldo alone out front until he was caught by the peloton under the auspices of Team Sky with 11 kilometers remaining.
Shortly thereafter, Yates commenced his winning move, quickly opening up a slight gap for himself.
With a little more than a kilometer to go, Lutsenko attacked from the peloton in pursuit of Yates, but to no avail.
Outside of the peloton’s grasp, Yates breezed across the finish to seize a solo victory, while Sagan won the sprint for second place.
Meanwhile, Kwiatkowski’s third place finish moved the Team Sky up into first spot in the overall classification.
1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 4-16-35
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:07
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
4 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
7 Mikel Landa (Esp) Movistar Team
8 Jaime Roson (Esp) Movistar Team
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky, 21-31-28
2 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team, at 3s
3 Mikel Landa (Esp) Movistar Team, at 23s
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 29s
5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac, at 34s
6 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 36s
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 37s
8 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal, at 39s
9 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 41s
10 Jaime Roson (Esp) Movistar Team, at 47s
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