Tirreno-Adriatico: Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 5 after 52km solo attack

Tirreno-Adriatico: Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 5 after 52km solo attack


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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Van der Poel crosses the line after his phenomenal 50km effort (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Soigneur TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Van der Poel shows his exertion after the finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Soigneur TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Van der Poel recovers after a brutal 52km attack to win the stage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Podium Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Champagne TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Van der Poel celebrates on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Podium Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Mask Covid Safety Measures TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pogacar retains the blue leader’s jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Podium Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Green Mountain Jersey Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Mask Covid Safety Measures TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pogacar is also in the green mountains jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Van Aert in the sprints jersey after the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Robert Stannard of Australia and Team BikeExchange Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious Davide Ballerini of Italy and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The breakaway on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Robert Stannard of Australia and Team BikeExchange Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious Davide Ballerini of Italy and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) leads the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Alex Aranburu Deba of Spain and Team Astana Premier Tech during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech) leads the chase (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Valentin Madouas of France and Team Groupama FDJ during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) attacks on the first climb (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) puts in a dig (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on his solo move (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious Romain Bardet of France and Team DSM during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) suffering behind the pace of Van der Poel (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) leads Mathieu van der Poel and Sergio Higuita (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Giulio Ciccone of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) attacks (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Davide Formolo sets the pace for UAE Team Emirates leader Tadej Pogacar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on the attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep White Best Young Rider Jersey Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Purple Sprint Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Joao Almeida (Deceuninck -Quick Step) follows points leader Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep White Best Young Rider Jersey Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and AG2R Citren Team Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Purple Sprint Jersey Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Race leader Tadej Pogacar in the chasing group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and AG2R Citren Team during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Greg van Avermaet (AG2R Citroen) in the chasing group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Purple Sprint Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) put in a lot of work for Pogacar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Fabio Felline of Italy and Team Astana Premier Tech during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Fabio Felline (Astana-Premier Tech) attacks the chasing group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Alessandro De Marchi (ITA - Israel Start-Up Nation) - Marc Soler (ESP - Movistar Team) - Fabio Felline (ITA - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Soler leads De Marchi and Felline in a late attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Pogacar drops Van Aert on the steep slopes of the wall (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Pogacar at the top of the wall ahead of De Marchi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Van Aert in pursuit (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Egan Bernal (COL - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Bernal followed a while later (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA - Trek - Segafredo) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

While Vincenzo Nibali was further back (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pogacar attacked with 17km to go (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Fabio Felline of Italy and Team Astana Premier Tech Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue Leader Jersey Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and Movistar Team during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Pogacar caught attackers Felline and Soler before going solo late on (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Purple Sprint Jersey during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) chases Pogacar in the closing kilometres (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands Christoph Roodhooft of Belgium Sports Director Team AlpecinFenix during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway Car TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Van der Poel talks to his team car late on (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Breakaway TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel pushes on to the line (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED - Alpecin-Fenix) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Van der Poel battling on alone (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 5th stage Castellalto - Castelfidardo 205 km - 14/03/2021 - Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED - Alpecin-Fenix) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Van der Poel crosses the line (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) put on a master class on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico to take his second stage win on a Classics-style circuit around Castelfidardo in punishing Spring Classics conditions.

The Dutchman soloed away from a select lead group 52 kilometres from the line into a sudden storm that whipped up high winds, rain, and plummeting temperatures and narrowly holding off a furious solo chase from race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).



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