The Slovenian rider wins queen stage and leads the overall over Wout van Aert and Sergio Higuita by 35’’
Pogačar won the queen stage after attacking with 5km to go to overhaul Geraint Thomas who had gone clear before, following a first offensive by Egan Bernal. Bernal went again behind Pogačar but surrendered while Simon Yates tried to bridge the gap to the Slovenian. The Englishman fell short and settled for second while Higuita took third. Van Aert limited his losses to 45’’. Earlier in the race, there was a breakaway with Benjamin Thomas, Mattia Bais, Mads Wurtz Schmidt, Emil Vinjebo and Marco Canola. Wurtz Schmidt was the last escapee to forge on ahead until Pogačar entered into the action.
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates), 148km in 3h51’24”, average speed 38.375kph
2 – Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) at 06”
3 – Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (EF Education-Nippo) at 29”
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) at 35″
3 – Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (EF Education-Nippo) at 35″
4 – Mikel Landa (Bahrain – Victorious) at 38 ”
5 – Nairo Quintana (Team Arkéa-Samsic) at 41”
Leaders and statistics
Maglia Azzurra (blue), General Classification Leader, sponsored by Sara Assicurazioni – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), General Individual Classification by Points Leader, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains Classification Leader, sponsored by Enel – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates); to be worn by Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider General Classification Leader, sponsored by Sportful – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates); to be worn by Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (EF Education-Nippo)
A first stage win at the Tirreno-Adriatico for Tadej Pogačar.
It’s the second stage win for a Slovenian rider after Primoz Roglic at Trevi in 2018. Pogačar is also the second Slovenian at the top of the overall ranking of Tirreno-Adriatico after Roglic who took the win on the last day in 2019.
Third at Prati di Tivo, Sergio Higuita is the second Colombian to make the top 3 of a mountain top finish of Tirreno-Adriatico after Nairo Quintana who was second at Selva Rotonda in 2014, winner at the Terminillo in 2015 and 2017.