Take one rollicking parcours. Balance the finale beautifully between climbers and classics men. Throw in a finish atop the Wall of Fermo and sprinkle of rainbows – and you have stage worthy of the trident. WHAT A RACE!
Stage 5: Rieti to Fermo, 209km
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) beasted the Wall of Fermo to snatch victory from FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). The climbers could not drop the Velvet Samurai as they went shoulder to shoulder through the crazy narrow streets, and as the gradient lessened he turned the power on. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) remains in the lead, with Pinot at +50secs and Rohan Dennis (BMC) at +1.06mins. Unfortunately Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates – second on GC at the start – retired from the race due to illness, details in the team report.
More of this sort of thing please….
It’s really not often you see such a diverse mix of riders go shoulder to shoulder. Don’t think I’ll forget the Pinot V Sagan stomping-on-the-pedals dual for a while.
Hoping that good feeling arrives soon for The Shark…
Full report at Cycling News.
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