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

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 battles up the Castelfidardo muro during stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

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