The Dutch national champion takes a second win after a 50km solo effort despite running out of energy at the end
The top riders of the Tirreno-Adriatico started the battle with 70km to go in the “stage of the walls” contested in difficult weather conditions. Van der Poel rode away solo with 50km remaining. Several counter attacks took shape, one forming a trio with Marc Soler, Fabio Felline and Alessandro De Marchi. They were overhauled by Pogačar who attacked his GC rival Van Aert 17km before the end. As Van der Poel struggled towards the finale, his advantage of 2’48” vanished but he preserved 10” seconds over Pogačar while Van Aert rounded out the podium.
1 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), 205km in 4h48’17”, average speed 42.666kph
2 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) at 10”
3 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) at 49”
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) at 1’15”
3 – Mikel Landa (Bahrain – Victorious) at 3’00”
4 – Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Ineos Grenadiers) at 3’30”
5 – Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 3’54”
Le Maglie dei leaders e le statistiche
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 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Ineos Grenadiers)
A third stage win for Mathieu van der Poel, the same number as Julian Alaphilippe and Mark Cavendish. Among current professional riders, only Peter Sagan has won more stages of the Tirreno-Adriatico (7). In the past, just one Dutch rider has won more stages than him: Erik Breukink (4).
Van der Poel’s first win at Tirreno-Adriatico came last year in Loreto, only 8km away from Castelfidardo.
Wout van Aert has concluded all of the first five stages in the top 10: winner, 3rd, 2nd, 9th and 3rd.