News | Paris-Nice | Tirreno-Adriatico • March 10, 2022
Clean sweep for UAE as Pogačar & McNulty steal the show
UAE Team Emirates' victory count rises to 15
A special day for UAE Team Emirates saw a double victory at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico through Brandon McNulty and Tadej Pogačar respectively.
Tadej Pogačar took charge of affairs at Tirreno Adriatico taking the stage win and leaders jersey on day 4 from Cascata delle Marmore to Bellante (202km).
With 70 km to go, the group pushed by Davide Formolo and the whole UAE Team Emirates started to catch the 10 riders who had animated the breakaway of the day.
The stage was decided in the final circuit of Bellante, with the ascent of 4k m at 7% which they did three times.
Here, attacks and counter attacks were well managed by Pogačar and his teammates, with the Slovenian reaching the last kilometere in the leading group and accelerating furiously in the last 500 meters of the race, breaking away from all his rivals.
Fifth success of the season for Pogačar, who takes the lead in the General Classification of Tirreno-Adriatico, also leading the points classification and that of best youngster.
Pogačar: “After the great work by the whole team, today I could only try to win and give my best. We worked perfectly and everything went as we hoped. 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. ”
Tomorrow the fifth stage will see the riders take on 155km from Sefro to Fermo, with the last 50km jagged before another uphill finish.
Earlier in the day Brandon McNulty was the absolute protagonist of the fifth stage of Paris-Nice, a 188.8km day that took the riders from Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert to Saint-Sauveur-de-Montagut.
The American was among the breakaway riders already after 10 km of the race, and was never seen again by the peloton.
Having reached the final ascent of the Col de La Mure (7.6km at 8.3%), McNulty attacked without looking back, crossing the finish line first after the last 40km alone.
First victory in a World Tour race and third victory of the season for the 23-year-old of UAE Team Emirates, who had already conquered the Faun-Ardèche Classic on this same road on February 26th.
With today’s two victories, the number of wins this season for UAE Team Emirates rises to 15.
McNulty: “I am very happy with my first victory in a World Tour race, especially for how the week started amidst bad luck and various problems. Today everything went according to plan, I got into the breakaway and had good sensations throughout the stage.
Arriving at the penultimate climb, the team gave me the green light if I was feeling good and I decided to attack. This is a victory that definitely gives me morale to keep giving my best and aim to do even better. ”
Tomorrow the sixth and longest stage of the week is scheduled, 213km with the last peak to be climbed 25km from the end.
Results 4th stage Tirreno-Adriatico:
1.Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 4h48’39 “
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +2 ”
3 Victor Lafay (Cofidis) s.t.
Tirreno-Adriatico General Classification after the 4th stage:
1.Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 15h36’47 “
2.Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) +9 ”
3.Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) +21 ”
Results 5th stage Paris-Nice:
1.Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) 4h53’30 “
2.Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM) +1’58 ”
3.Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar Team) s.t.
General classification Paris-Nice after the 5th stage:
1.Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) 16h50’28 ”
2.Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +39 ”
3.Pierre Latour (Total Energies) +41 “