Tadej Pogacar wins stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico to wrest total lead from Wout Van Aert
The 148-kilometre stage from Terni ended with a ferocious battle between a bunch of elite riders up the 14.7 climb to Prati di Tivo.
Milan: Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar surged by the snows to the lone mountain-top end within the Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday to wrest the race lead from Wout Van Aert.
The 148 kilometre stage from Terni ended with a ferocious battle between a bunch of elite riders up the 14.7 climb to Prati di Tivo.
The Slovenian held off a late pursuit by Simon Yates to edge the Briton by six seconds with Colombian Sergio Higuita main the remnants of the group of contenders residence 29 seconds again.
Pogacar, who rides for Workforce UAE, took over the race lead from Belgian Van Aert of Jumbo Visma, who restricted the injury by ending ninth, 45 seconds again, after a gritty trip.
“Immediately I had a battle with myself the previous couple of Ks,” Pogacar mentioned on the end.
“Simon was coming shut in the long run, however I struggled to the end. I did all the pieces I might. It was a quick climb. It was a brilliant climb.”
The lengthy last ascent was marked by a string of assaults together with jabs by the 2 Ineos former Tour de France winners Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas.
Pogacar caught Welshman Thomas after which, with 5.6km to go, powered away alone.
“After I went on the assault, I attempted to eliminate everybody,” mentioned Pogacar. “I attempted to be alone and go my very own tempo.”
Yates, of BikeExchange, lastly gave chase, however like his brother Adam of Ineos, who completed second to Pogacar within the UAE Tour final month, couldn’t fairly match the Slovene.
The burly Van Aert, who at round 78 kilogrammes is much less properly suited to climbing than the wiry mountain males reminiscent of Pogacar, refused to be distracted by the sudden accelerations of his rivals.
He slogged up the slope at an unwavering tempo as extra pure climbers reminiscent of Colombian Bernal, Thomas and French world champion Julian Alaphilippe all cracked.
Bernal and Thomas crossed the road collectively 58 seconds after Pogacar.
Pogacar took a 35-second lead over Van Aert within the total standings with Higuita of Schooling First leaping to 3rd on the identical time.
Sunday’s 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidaro finishes with a dozen quick, sharp hills.
The race ends on Tuesday with a ten.1km time trial, and though Pogacar gained the Tour de France with a victory in a race in opposition to the clock, the quick, flat course might favour van Aert.
“Each second is sweet,” mentioned Pogacar. “However tomorrow is a brilliant onerous day, additionally a time trial in the long run, I feel it is going to be actually tight battle for the end.”
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