Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 5) Castellalto - Castelfidardo

IT Italy Sunday 14 March 2021 205 km

Almeida retains Tirreno-Adriatico top 10 spot

Almeida retains Tirreno-Adriatico top 10 spot

A savage day unfolded on the hills around Castelfidardo, amplified by the miserable weather conditions, which shattered the peloton with over 70 kilometers to go, on the viciously steep gradients that made for an attritional day of racing. Stage 5 took the peloton around four and a half laps on a tough circuit that offered no moments of respite, making for some significant gaps between the GC contenders.

A savage day unfolded on the hills around Castelfidardo, amplified by the miserable weather conditions, which shattered the peloton with over 70 kilometers to go, on the viciously steep gradients that made for an attritional day of racing. Stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico took the peloton around four and a half laps on a tough circuit that offered no moments of respite, making for some significant gaps between the GC contenders.

Distanced with 60 kilometers to go on the 20% gradients, João Almeida got a helping hand from World Champion Julian Alaphilippe, who pulled hard so that he could rejoin the main group, which numbered around 20 riders at that point. It was every man for himself, as the rain continued to pour in heavily and the attacks continued until the finish in Castelfidardo, where Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) seized the win ahead of GC leader Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

For his part, João showed again a lot of character, gritting his teeth and soldiering on, battling through the dreadful conditions and plummeting temperatures that reminded more of a northern classic than a day in the Marche region. His effort paid dividends in the end, as the 22-year-old – despite finishing a couple of minutes down on the winner – remained in the top 10 overall with two stages to go.

“It was a very hard day, with the rain and cold making it really difficult out there. The race was blown to pieces quite early and from that moment on it was only about limiting the losses, especially as I struggled a bit in the last part of the race. The good thing is that I’m still there in the GC, seventh ahead of hopefully will be two calmer days, and will do my best to maintain this position”, said Almeida after the all-out effort he put in Sunday afternoon.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
4:48:17
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:10
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:49
4 Fabio Felline
Astana - Premier Tech
1:26
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
2:07
6 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
2:07
7 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
2:18
8 Alessandro De Marchi
Israel Start-Up Nation
2:18
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
2:25
10 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
2:45
17 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:00
57 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:49
67 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:53
69 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:09
70 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:09
96 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:41
154 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:53
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
22:41:41
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:15
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
3:00
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
3:30
5 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
3:54
6 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
4:30
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:42
8 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
5:03
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
5:54
10 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
6:58
38 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:22
50 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:28
62 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:59
93 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47:17
114 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54:43
162 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:44
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
43 pt
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
39 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
35 pt
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
13 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
11 pt
8 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
10 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
29 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
24 pt
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
3 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
15 pt
4 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
15 pt
5 Vincenzo Albanese
EOLO-Kometa
13 pt
6 Jan Bakelants
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
13 pt
7 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
12 pt
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
8 pt
9 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
7 pt
10 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
7 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
19 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
26 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
22:41:41
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
3:30
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:42
4 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
12:15
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
14:23
6 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
14:49
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
21:42
8 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
28:08
9 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
29:31
10 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
33:55
29 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:44
1 Astana - Premier Tech 68:31:29
2 INEOS Grenadiers 3:29
3 Movistar Team 14:01
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 15:08
5 Team DSM 16:41
6 UAE-Team Emirates 18:29
7 Trek - Segafredo 18:54
8 BORA - hansgrohe 20:16
9 Bahrain - Victorious 20:51
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:42

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