Pogacar is on another level

The Slovenian, with an attack six kilometers from the finish, took the victory at the top of Prati di Tivo and snatches the lead from Van Aert. Landa, fourth.


Tadej Pogacar was the great watchdog for the fourth day of the Tirreno-Adriatico, one of the stellar stages. The difficulty was not the distance (the shortest of this edition, with 148 km), but the unevenness, with two ports of special category. Cappannelle (13.8 km at 4.5%) at 40 km from the finish line and Prati di Tivo (14.7 at 7%) as a high finish were climbs for climbers, and the Slovenian showed that right now he is at another level: solo victory, after a brilliant attack six kilometers from the top, and new leader after snatching the precious garment from a Van Aert who defended himself in the first person in the final ascent and in a very honorable way.

Practically at the start, a five-runner getaway was formed with Italians Bais, Canola, Frenchman Thomas and Danes Würtz Schmidt and Vinjebo. The Jumbo let them make their way, even a lot, and they had up to nine minutes of rent. Despite the advantage, they were in control at all times, and Schmidt was the most outstanding, crowning Cappannelle in first position and starting the last climb alone. The pace and attacks of the favorites engulfed him. During part of the day, Bahrain de Landa also pulled the peloton, but it was the UAE of Pogacar that blew up the race. As soon as the final ascent started, they took the lead to leave a small and lined group that Van der Poel said goodbye to, aware that the day was very hard for his virtues.

Ciccone was the first of the leading men to try it, 11 km from the finish. Ganna, with his corpulence and outstanding power, managed to lead the group to his wheel. Thomas and Bernal moved in the headlands until their respective attacks arrived. First it was the Colombian, who broke the group and who came in search of Pogacar, Landa and Fuglsang, the latter two with more difficulties. Pogacar changed the pace to take advantage of a second bonus that was left in the intermediate step, but once he did it, he no longer stopped.

Thomas, the other asset of the Ineos, came to ride several meters with the Slovenian, especially in the hardest part of the ascent, but ended up staying. Meanwhile, Van Aert, was in charge of pulling the small group alone to try to cut a gap that was growing. Bernal himself jumped again and Landa with him. The Colombian ended up completely empty, as he dropped even from the main group after his attack, and Landa followed. However, from behind Simon Yates came out with great force and went for Pogacar alone. At times he was ten seconds behind the Slovenian, who showed a great capacity for resistance despite having a visibly tired face. He had the strength to win and become the new leader. He adds the 20th victory of his career ... at the age of 22, and is confirmed as the great favorite for the final victory with three stages to go. There is no one to stop him.Stage classification

1º Tadej Pogacar (UAE) 3h 51: 2

2º Simon Yates (BikeExchange) at 6 "

º Sergio Higuita (EF) 29 "

4º Mikel Landa (Bahrain) 29 "

5º Nairo Quitana (Arkea) 31 "

General classification

1º Tadej Pogacar (UAE) 17h 53: 21

2º Wout van Aert (Jumbo) at 35 "

º Sergio Higuita (EF) mt

3333 334º Mikel Landa (Bahrain) 35 "

5º Nairo Quitana (Arkea) 41 "

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