Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) won the fifth stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 178km from Castelraimondo to Filottrano. Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is the new leader of the General Classification and wearer of the Maglia Azzurra.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) 178km in 4h16’35”, average speed 41.623kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 7”
3 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at 7”
1 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
2 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) at 3”
3 – Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) at 23”
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Adam Yates, said: “I’ve been feeling good for a few days now. I tried a couple of stages ago but I came second. The team set me up perfectly before the last climb so I could ride away – all I had to do was attack and hold on the bunch. I finished it off. It’s been a long time since I last won a race. My brother won yesterday at Paris-Nice [and] it gave me some extra motivation for today. It’s disappointing that I crashed on stage 2 and lost my hopes for GC but that’s part of cycling. I would have been in a good position in the GC…”
The new Maglia Azzurra, Michał Kwiatkowski, said: “I was racing for the stage win but also with the GC in mind, knowing that time bonuses could put me in the lead. This stage suited Peter Sagan to perfection but, with the shape I had in the past few days, I knew I could be up there with him and take some time bonus. At the end of the day, I’m happy I finished third. It’s nice that we have the leader’s jersey back after yesterday’s bad luck. Now I hope we won’t have any bad luck tomorrow and will be in the same situation before the ITT.”
Stage 6 – Numana – Fano 153km
Start Meeting Point: Numana, Piazza Miramare
Sign-on procedures: 11:00 – 12:20
Start – KM 0: 12:35 (transfer 3,100m)
Finish: Fano, Via Gramsci – 16:15 Approx.
The route is initially hilly but uncomplicated, before then levelling out. The stage runs from Numana through (the outskirts of) Ancona, Offagna, Jesi and Ostra, leading all the way to Fano. Here, the peloton will cover two laps of a 12.8km circuit.
The final circuit, measuring 12.8km in length, is perfectly flat and runs between the ss.16 and the hinterland on wide roads; the surface is worn out at points. The final part is raced entirely on urban roads, with a last bend 350m before the finish. The home straight is on 8.5m wide asphalt road.