Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed the stage organized in the memory of Michele Scarponi after losing his GC in a crash on stage 2 as he rode away from the peloton in the Muro (wall) of Filottrano to avoid an uphill victory by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). The world champion had to settle for second while third placed Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) dethroned Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) from the overall lead thanks to the time bonus.
Michele Scarponi’s wife Anna, along with her children Tommaso and Giacomo, awarded the stage winner with a plate “Special Price Michele Scarponi”.
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”
Stage 5 winner Adam Yates said in the press conference: “I was feeling pretty good the other day on the steep climb [second on stage 3]. In climbs like this, you just go hard and give as much as you can. I tried to attack after my teammates positioned me well at the bottom of the hill. All I could do was to attack. It fell into place. I don’t have a sprint to beat Sagan, I had to go away. I didn’t know Michele Scarponi personally. I never spoke to him. But it was an emotional day for many guys in the peloton. It’s just a shame he’s not here anymore. Every day you go out training and you don’t know if you’ll come back. Also at races, anything can happen. We can only hope that nothing bad will happen.”
Race leader Michał Kwiatkowski said: “We definitely knew that stage could suit riders like Peter Sagan. We were almost 100% sure that Bora – Hansgrohe would control, so I could see an opportunity for myself if I went with the mentality of winning the stage. Yates was away and I was not able to beat Sagan but the three seconds bonus I got are very important. Hopefully, we won’t have any more bad luck like yesterday with Geraint Thomas and we’ll be defending this jersey in the time trial on Tuesday. I wasn’t aiming at being in my best shape at Tirreno-Adriatico – my priority was to prepare for the classics – but it’s an opportunity not to be missed if I can win the overall here.”
Best young rider Tiesj Benoot said: “My plan was to go after the steep part but Yates was already gone. Sagan still had three teammates so I decided to wait. I had good legs again but I couldn’t close the gap. GC is still very close but I don’t like the time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto very much.”
King of the Mountains Nicola Bagioli said: “After breaking away for three days in a row, I wanted to have a quiet day in the bunch, so I just had to make sure that my rival Jacopo Mosca didn’t escape. Mathematically, I’ve already won the mountains classification.”
Points classification leader Jacopo Mosca said: “To make a breakaway, you need the legs. Since neither Bagioli nor myself made it, it became a little quieter day for us although the speed of the peloton was very high. To beat Peter Sagan in the points classification, tomorrow I need to score 10 points on the way.”
Stage 6 – Numana – Fano 153km
The route is initially hilly but uncomplicated, then it levels 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.
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Clear, transparent waters and breath-taking landscapes are the features that make Numana one of the most fascinating places in the Marches region. Its stunning beaches stretch over several kilometres, and its clean, transparent sea has been a European Blue Flag for years. Two souls coexist in Numana: the upper city (Numana Alta) is picturesque and quaint, while the shoreline is more lively and dotted with beach resorts, all the way to Marcelli. The upper town has retained its original maritime “look and feel”: a tangled network of narrow streets weaves its way among the colourful fishermen’s houses and opens up onto a wide belvedere overlooking the sea – a terrace that offers a stunning and unique view over the entire Riviera del Conero coastline. Traveling down the ancient “Costarella” staircase (as fishermen used to do every morning at dawn), from the centre towards the port, leads you to the lower town, modern and lively, teeming with clubs and beach resorts. Numana is a place to experience and explore: it is the perfect destination to spend some lovely days playing sports, having fun and hanging loose, as well as discovering customs and history.
Fano is named “the city of fortune” (Fanum Fortunae) after the Temple of Fortune, around which the town is said to have developed. It is most renowned for hosting the oldest Carnival in Italy, and offers its visitors a wealth of age-old and remarkable monuments, as well as valuable heritage of the past. Lying at the heart of the old town, the church of Santa Maria Nuova houses a majestic altarpiece by Perugino, executed in 1497. Major landmarks include the Arch of Augustus (the symbol of the city), built in the Roman Age and considered as the main gateway to the colonia, and the defensive walls that Augustus had built and that were completed in 9 AD. Two thirds of the original circle have survived undamaged to the present day. Fano is also a major seaside resort, owing to its quiet pebble beaches, such as the lovely spiaggia dei Gabbiani (seagull beach). The wonderful spiaggia degli Arzilli, just two kilometres away from the city centre, is a lovely stunning beach made of both shingle and sand, washed by a crystal sea, and with a gently sloping seabed. As Fano lies on the coast, fish is the main ingredient of local cuisine. Main delicacies include sardines with parsley, a simple, popular and tasty dish.
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