Tadej Pogacar widens gap over Wout van Aert in icy fifth stage at Tirreno-Adriatico

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
Tadej Pogacar attacks on the Castelfidardo muro on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) may have narrowly missed out on the victory on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico behind Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), but the Slovenian succeeded in adding 40 seconds to his gap over his main GC rival, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), and exuded confidence after a brutal day of racing.

"Today went really good for us. The start was so fast, we reached the circuits really fast. The team kept me in a good position when Van der Poel attacked with 60km to go," Pogačar said.

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