FILOTTRANO, Italy (AP) — Adam Yates soloed to victory in the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Sunday, although Michal Kwiatkowski completed third to take the overall lead with just two levels remaining.
Yates attacked with about 4 kilometers remaining of the hilly 178-kilometer (110-mile) route from Castelraimondo to Michele Scarponi’s hometown of Filottrano — and no a single could catch him.
The British rider crossed the line 7 seconds ahead of Peter Sagan and Kwiatkowski.
“In climbs like this, you just go challenging and give as significantly as you can,” Yates said. “I tried out to attack after my teammates positioned me effectively at the bottom of the hill. All I could do was to attack. It fell into spot. I you should not have a dash to beat Sagan, I had to go away.”
The stage complete was a tribute to Scarponi, who died after a collision with a van although education, soon before the Giro d’Italia final year.
“I did not know Michele Scarponi personally. I under no circumstances spoke to him. But it was an emotional day for lots of guys in the peloton,” Yates said. “It is really just a shame he’s not below any more. Each and every day you go out education and you you should not know if you’ll arrive again.”
Kwiatkowski moved 3 seconds ahead of prior leader Damiano Caruso, with Mikel Landa 20 seconds more again.
“I was not aiming at becoming in my very best condition at Tirreno-Adriatico, my priority was to put together for the classics, but it truly is an prospect not to be missed if I can acquire the overall below,” Kwiatkowski said.
Kwiatkowski’s Staff Sky teammate Chris Froome, the 4-time Tour de France winner, had a puncture with 5.6 kilometers remaining and completed additional than 8 minutes behind Yates.
Staff Sunweb’s depressing week ongoing as another rider was pressured to abandon the race with injuries.
Just after Tom Dumoulin and Simon Geschke, it was the convert of Wilco Kelderman who deserted with a fractured shoulder after two crashes.
Kelderman started off the stage just 11 seconds behind Caruso.
The sixth and penultimate stage on Monday is another hilly challenge, along the 153-kilometer (95-mile) route from Numana before ending in a dash complete in Fano.
The race ends Tuesday with an person time demo in San Benedetto del Tronto.
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