Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) soloed to victory on Stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico. Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) finished second, followed by Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Third place ensured that Kwiatkowski starts tomorrow in the blue leader’s jersey.
Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriactico stretched from Castelraimondo to Filottrano, and was a stage that celebrated the memory of the late Michele Scarponi. Today’s stage was a bit hilly, with the stage ending with a lap circuit, with three ascents of a short climb.
A break of five managed to get away in the first km’s of racing containing Dario Cataldo (Astana), Igor Boeve (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Kristijan Koren (Bahrain-Merida), Steve Morabito (Groupama-FDJ) and Iljo Keisse (QuickStep Floors). As the day’s racing unfolded, riders from the break started to fall way, and Cataldo was caught with just 11km of racing left. Our riders worked hard to keep Louis at the front of the race.
The final lap circuit caused the peloton to spilt, and a small group of key GC favourites went on to fight for the win. Adam Yates put in a masterful attack 3km before the end, and he made it all the way to the finish without any resistance. Sagan finished second, followed by Kwiatkowski.
For Team Dimension Data, Louis Meintjes was our best placed rider, finishing in 24th place and thus moving up to 15th in the GC. Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw were forced to abandon the race; Bernie Eisel crashed and Mark Renshaw withdrew due to illness.
Edvald Boasson Hagen- Rider
“It was very hard, cold and fast all day. We managed to get Louis to the front and in a good position, which was good, but I am really sorry for Mark (Renshaw) who withdrew and Bernie who crashed out.”