Mathieu van der Poel building for Classics with Tirreno-Adriatico breakaway

SARNANO ITALY SEPTEMBER 11 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Julien Bernard of France and Team TrekSegafredo Amanuel Gebreigzabhier of Eritrea and Team NTT Pro Cycling Breakaway during the 55th TirrenoAdriatico 2020 Stage 5 a 202km stage from Norcia to SarnanoSassotetto 1335m TirrenAdriatico on September 11 2020 in Sarnano Italy Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the break on stage 5 of the 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A summit finish on the 11-kilometre climb to Sassotetto was never going to be a day suited to the skills of Mathieu van der Poel, but on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico the Alpecin-Fenix leader was out in the break.

The Dutch road race champion joined nine other riders on the race's 'queen stage', jumping away from the peloton in the opening kilometres and staying away for much of the 202km stage, only getting swept up by the peloton on the lower slopes of the final climb.

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