Wout van Aert: It’s no shame to lose Tirreno-Adriatico to Tadej Pogacar

Wout van Aert: It’s no shame to lose Tirreno-Adriatico to Tadej Pogacar



Wout van Aert lost more time to race leader Tadej Pogačar on a brutally tough stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday, putting him 1:15 down with two days to go, but the Belgian said after the stage that he’s satisfied with his achievements even if overall victory is now nearly impossible to achieve.

The Jumbo-Visma leader was unable to respond to Pogačar’s acceleration on the 15 per cent slopes of the muro in Castelfidardo, 17 kilometres from the line on a wet and cold day by the Adriatic coast. He mounted a solo chase, pushing on ahead of the likes of Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), but couldn’t close the Slovenian down and ended the day 37 seconds in arrears.



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