Warren Barguil rolls back years at Tirreno-Adriatico as Tadej Pogacar keeps lead despite taking wrong turn

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Warren Barguil - Warren Barguil rolls back years at Tirreno-Adriatico as Tadej Pogacar keeps lead despite taking wrong turn - GETTY IMAGES

Warren Barguil – Warren Barguil rolls back years at Tirreno-Adriatico as Tadej Pogacar keeps lead despite taking wrong turn – GETTY IMAGES

Warren Barguil took a fine stage win on Friday after the Arkéa-Samsic rider clipped off the front of the reduced breakaway to land stage five at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Barguil completed the 155-kilometre stage from Sefro to Fermo in 3hr 39min 53sec, 10sec ahead of second-placed Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), while Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan) was third at 14sec.

“This is amazing. I planned to be at the front in the finale,” said Barguil. “It was a good stage for me and I felt it would be a good day for the breakaway. I got a great help from my team-mate, friend and room-mate Clément Russo. I gave everything up the ‘wall’. I’m wrecked but I’ve made it.”

In what was a frenetic finale, overall leader Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) overshot a turn while in pursuit of the breakaway featuring Barguil. Although the trio missed out on the opportunity to challenge for the stage, Pogacar kept hold of his leader’s jersey.

Tirreno-Adriatico continues on Saturday with the 215km sixth stage from Apecchio to Carpegna and concludes on Sunday.

Stage four: Pogacar takes control and race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico

Thursday March 10 – Cascata delle Marmore to Bellante, 202km

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Tadej Pogacar – Tadej Pogacar takes control at Tirreno-Adriatico with impressive stage win as Tao Geoghegan Hart climbs to fifth – EPA

Tadej Pogacar made it a UAE Team Emirates double on Thursday when the Slovenian followed up from Brandon McNulty’s stage win at Paris-Nice with one of his own on stage four at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Pogacar made his decisive move after Victor Lafay (Cofidis) had moved off the front of the leading group on the final climb of the day, before responding in kind, attacking around 500 metres from the end of the 202-kilometre stage from Cascata delle Marmore to Bellante.

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), runner-up to Pogacar at last year’s Tour de France, reacted with the Dane chasing him down to take second on the stage, with Lafay finishing third.

The stage win saw Pogacar take the overall lead having leapfrogged Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), who he now leads by 9sec, while Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) dropped down two places to third at 21sec.

“After the great work by the whole team, today I could only try to win and give my best,” Pogacar said. “There are still three important stages in where we need to work hard, both tomorrow and especially in the one after which will be the queen stage. We have to stay focused and give our best.”

There were encouraging signs for Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), inner of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, who finished sixth on the day which saw him move up to fifth on general classification at 43sec.

Stage three: Ewan shows form in countdown to Milan-Sanremo

Wednesday March 9 – Murlo to Terni, 170km

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Caleb Ewan – Caleb Ewan shows form in countdown to Milan-Sanremo with stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico – GETTY IMAGES

Caleb Ewan landed his third victory of the season at Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday when the Lotto-Soudal sprinter came from behind to win stage three ahead of Arnaud Démare and Olav Kooij.

Ewan, who will be hoping to challenge for the honours at Milan-Sanremo later this month, won the 170-kilometre stage from Murlo to Terni in 4hr 7min 24sec, after overhauling Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) on a slightly uphill finish.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) retained his leader’s jersey, the Italian still leading Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) by 11sec on general classification, while defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) is still third but reduced his deficit by 3sec, to 14sec, after gaining some valuable seconds at an intermediate sprint.

Stage two: Merlier weaves his way to first win of season

Tuesday March 8 – Camaiore to Sovicille, 219km

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Tim Merlier – Tirreno-Adriatico 2022 latest stage results Tadej Pogacar Mark Cavendish – Tim Merlier sprints to stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico as Filippo Ganna finishes safely to keep lead – GETTY IMAGES

Tim Merlier took his first win of the season on Tuesday after the Alpecin-Fenix sprinter weaved his way towards the line at the end of the 219-kilometre second stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in Sovicille.

Merlier of Belgium finished ahead of young Dutchman Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma), while another young sprinter, Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco) of Australia was third.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) finished safely to keep hold of the leader’s jersey, the Italian leads Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) by 11sec, while defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) is third at 17sec.

Stage one: Ganna clocks back on to take early lead

Monday March 7 – Lido di Camaiore, 13.9km – time trial

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Filippo Ganna – Tirreno-Adriatico 2022 latest stage results Tadej Pogacar Mark Cavendish – Filippo Ganna takes early lead at Tirreno-Adriatico after winning opening day time trial – GETTY IMAGES

Filippo Ganna won the opening stage at Tirreno-Adriatico after the Italian powered his way round the 13.9-kilometre time trial course at the Lido di Camaiore in Viareggio to take hold of the leader’s jersey at the seven-day race.

It was the world time trial champion’s third win of the season, but the first at WorldTour level, with the Ineos Grenadiers rider suggesting in his post-race interview that he is already thinking about this month’s Milan-Sanremo, the first monument of the season, that takes place on March 19.

Ganna completed the panflat course in 15min 17sec, 11sec quicker than Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), while defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), fresh from winning Strade Bianche at the weekend, was third at 18sec.

“Today it was a special race,” Ganna said. “I have pushed a lot for the team to come here because I love this race, and today I showed how much I want to win this race. It’s an important result for me and the team and now we think about tomorrow.

“When we started it was a lot of headwind, and I think ‘ah, today is hard’ but then after the turn, you see the speed improve, stayed at 55kph. It’s a special race and a special result. At the moment it’s a good time gap but tomorrow is a hard day with a sprint and we’ll see how it concerns the jersey.

“For sure I’ll support the team like Richie [Porte] and Richard [Carapaz]. Then we’ll see if my legs are ready to arrive in more stages. For sure we need to save a little energy because in less than two weeks we have a special race in Italy [Milan-Sanremo], and I want to arrive with good legs.”

Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech) was the highest-placed Briton in fifth at 25sec having spent much of the afternoon in the hotseat after clocking the fastest time of the day before he was ousted by Kasper Asgreen (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) who eventually finished fourth at 18sec.

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), the 2020 Giro d’Italia champion, produced a strong ride finishing 14th fastest at 42sec, with his team-mate Richard Carapaz, himself a former Giro winner, 5sec down on the Londoner.