Tirreno-Adriatico: Sagan claims stage 5

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered to his second stage victory of the 2017 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico Sunday in Fermo.

The reigning world champion survived a short but steep climb to the finish after 210 kilometres to contest stage 5 in a reduced sprint, nabbing a convincing victory over a field mostly composed of GC contenders. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), who moved up to second overall midway through the day when Orica-Scott's Adam Yates abandoned, claimed runner-up honours and a few bonus seconds, while LottoNl-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic finished third.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) continues to lead the general classification heading into Monday's stage 6, which runs 168km from Ascoli Piceno to Civitanova Marche.

The stage turned into a race of attrition in its second half, as they tackled a collection of short, steep climbs. Rider after rider was dropped, while up front attack followed attack, but none stayed clear.

The stage ended with a small group of the top GC riders grinding their way up yet another steep, narrow, cobble climb to the finish line, only to be joined and then easily passed by the world champion.

"I felt very bad today, but I am very happy for this win," Sagan said. "It was looking like I wouldn’t be able to race tomorrow – all day it was full gas, with everyone attacking. I don't know if the other riders saw the profile?

"Rafal Majka was the guy who put his trust in me today. I said to him not to be stupid – that we'll go together, and if he had the legs he'd go. He worked for me and trusted my ability more than I did. I was actually dropped in the last climb, but just got back in the final kilometre. After that I did my best and am very happy with the victory."

How it unfolded

Riders made the 210km journey from Rieti to Fermo under sunny conditions. Prominently missing from the start was Fabio Aru (Astana), who was suffering from bronchitis.

Perhaps they were still tired from yesterday's closing climb up the Terminillo, or daunted by the many sharp climbs in the last half of the stage, but it took some 30 kilometres of racing before a break group formed.

The lucky 11 were Moreno Moser (Astana), Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal), Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin), Gianna Moscon (Team Sky), Filippo Ganna (UAE-Team Emirates), Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Scott Thwaites (Dimension Data) and Davide Ballerini (Androni-Giocattoli).

It wasn't to be, though. The group never got more than about four minutes and once the race hit the climbs in the second half, they were brought back quickly. Lammertink and Gougeard tried to keep going, but they didn't last long.

With 80 kilometres left, word came that Yates had been dropped from the peloton. Surprising news, since the young Orica Scott rider was second in the GC and had finished third on the previous day's Queen stage. Soon though, he was back at the team car and then in the team car, with word being that he was suffering from intestinal problems.

As always, once the first group was caught, the next one formed. The first attempt was a very large group of some 30 riders, but that group never had a chance. The next one was more successful, as Matteo Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) joined forces.

A good group with the potential to go all the way, but with Jungels only 1:52 down in GC, Movistar couldn't afford to take any chances.They never had more than a minute before being caught again with 44 kilometres to go. Only moments later, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) took off. He too looked to have good chances on this rolling terrain but with 36 kilometres to go, he too was caught.

The group stayed sedately together until the next climb beckoned. Attack followed attack, only to have it all come back together. Many of the climbs had steep sections and were on cobblestones in the cities, to add to the difficulties. Sky's Vasil Kiryienka and Astana's Luís Leon Sánchez attacked on a climb with about 20 kilometres to go, but the duo didn't work together and Kiryienka dropped back about 6 km later.

The finish was as wild and confusing and exciting as the course. Short dashes into the countryside were interspersed with steep climbs up narrow cobbled roads in the old town. BMC's Tejay van Garderen moved up to join Sanchez but only shortly. Both were brought back by the rapidly shrinking favourites' group. Many had been dropped, including Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

Once Sanchez and van Garderen were taken in, attack followed attack, with Pinot being the most active. Even Quintana essayed a try.

Sagan had missed the front group, but with 2 kilometres left, he furiously worked his way up. As the small group hit the final kilometre marker, Uran took off with Sagan right behind him. They didn't get far and Pinot tried again. The group struggled up the steep climb pretty much together. Pinot was the first to jump as the finish line beckoned, but Sagan showed off his world champion skills, sprinting for the easy win.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5:00:05
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 1 - Cell 2
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:06
11Egan Bernal (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:20
13Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:29
14Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:31
15Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34
17Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:47
18Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:00:50
21Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE EmiratesRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:01:06
24Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:24
28Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:34
30Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:41
31Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:59
32Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 32 - Cell 2
34Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:02:04
35Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:54
37Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:32
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 37 - Cell 2
39Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 40 - Cell 2
42Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:03:38
44Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott0:04:01
45Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:05:11
46Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:15
47Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 46 - Cell 2
48Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 48 - Cell 2
50Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 49 - Cell 2
51Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:06:29
52Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:06:37
53Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:07:47
54Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 53 - Cell 2
55Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 57 - Cell 2
59Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 59 - Cell 2
61Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 60 - Cell 2
62Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 61 - Cell 2
63Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:09:19
64Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 63 - Cell 2
65Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:11:07
66Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 65 - Cell 2
67Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 67 - Cell 2
69Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 68 - Cell 2
70Matej Mohoric (Slo) Team UAE EmiratesRow 69 - Cell 2
71Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 71 - Cell 2
73Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 73 - Cell 2
75Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE EmiratesRow 74 - Cell 2
76Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 75 - Cell 2
77Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-AlpecinRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 79 - Cell 2
81Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 80 - Cell 2
82Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 83 - Cell 2
85Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE EmiratesRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:54
87Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:27
88Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:17:04
89Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:17:52
90Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 92 - Cell 2
94Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:18:30
96Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
97Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 96 - Cell 2
98Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:21:30
99Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE EmiratesRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:23:44
101Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 102 - Cell 2
104Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:24:12
105Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:24:58
106Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 106 - Cell 2
108Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 107 - Cell 2
109Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 109 - Cell 2
111Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 110 - Cell 2
112Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 111 - Cell 2
113William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 112 - Cell 2
114Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 113 - Cell 2
115Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 114 - Cell 2
116Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 116 - Cell 2
118Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 117 - Cell 2
119Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 118 - Cell 2
120David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 120 - Cell 2
122Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 122 - Cell 2
124Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 123 - Cell 2
125Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 124 - Cell 2
126Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 125 - Cell 2
127Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 127 - Cell 2
129Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 129 - Cell 2
131Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 130 - Cell 2
132Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 131 - Cell 2
133Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 132 - Cell 2
134Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 133 - Cell 2
135Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 134 - Cell 2
136Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 135 - Cell 2
137Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 136 - Cell 2
138Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 138 - Cell 2
140Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 139 - Cell 2
141Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 140 - Cell 2
142Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
143Albert Timmer (Ned) Team SunwebRow 142 - Cell 2
144Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 143 - Cell 2
145Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 144 - Cell 2
146Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 145 - Cell 2
147Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 147 - Cell 2
149Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 148 - Cell 2
150Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 149 - Cell 2
151Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 150 - Cell 2
152Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 151 - Cell 2
153Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-HansgroheRow 152 - Cell 2
154Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 153 - Cell 2
155Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 154 - Cell 2
156Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team UAE EmiratesRow 155 - Cell 2
157Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 156 - Cell 2
158Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE EmiratesRow 157 - Cell 2
159Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data0:26:08
161Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:26:12
162Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Emirates0:27:08
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFRamunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-MeridaRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 164 - Cell 2
DNSMatteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 165 - Cell 2
DNSFabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
DNSCharles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 167 - Cell 2
DNSRomain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 168 - Cell 2
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Stage 5 points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe12pts
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli5Row 6 - Cell 3
8Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 17 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Capo di Monte, km 113.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin5pts
2Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Capodarco, km 180.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky5pts
2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Fermo, km 210
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5pts
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team15:01:36
2BMC Racing Team0:00:32
3Androni Giocattoli0:00:56
4Quick-Step Floors0:02:55
7Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:18
9Team Sky0:05:49
10AG2R La Mondiale0:07:47
12Team Sunweb0:08:30
14Astana Pro Team0:09:35
15Lotto Soudal0:10:27
18Dimension Data0:18:29
19Team UAE Emirates0:21:43
20Nippo - Vini Fantini0:41:45
21Team Novo Nordisk1:13:33
22Bardiani CSFRow 21 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team21:34:51
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:50
3Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:06
4Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:15
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:19
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:01:23
7Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:30
8Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:32
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:37
10Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:59
11Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:03
12Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:17
13Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:19
14Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:36
15Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:02:40
16Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:02:56
17Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Emirates0:03:09
18Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:03:26
19Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:32
20Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 19 - Cell 2
21Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:39
22Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:42
23Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:03:52
24Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:37
25Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:04
26Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:05:33
27Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:05:56
28Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:06:55
29Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:07:44
30Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:21
31Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:12:01
32Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:12:05
33Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:13
34Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:12:15
35Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:13:42
36Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott