News | Paris-Nice | Tirreno-Adriatico • March 11, 2021
Pogačar stretches his legs in Tirreno while McNulty retains white in Paris Nice
Slovenian 4th in Chiusdino finish, Kristoff 6th in France
Tadej Pogačar showed good signs of form on the first hilly test of Tirreno-Adriatico, claiming 4th place in an uphill sprint on stage 2 from Camaiore to Chiusdino (202k).
UAE Team Emirates’ were present in numbers on the final 7km climb to the line, keeping the gap to a group of four escapees within reach.
Pogačar followed the other favourites to nab 4th place behind World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and moves p to 9th on GC ahead of stage 3.
Pogačar: “It was a good day: the guys kept me in the front of the bunch and out of trouble. In the end we tried to set a hard tempo on the climb but the climb wasn’t so steep as to split the group. We waited for the sprint and I took 4th. It’s a good start but we’ll look ahead to the next stages which will be harder.”
In Paris-Nice, Brandon McNulty retains 3rd place overall and the white jersey as best young rider. Stage 5 from Vienne to Bollène (200.2k) was won by Irishman Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) with Alexander Kristoff finishing up in the mix for the sprint in 6th place.
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 results:
1.Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 5:01:32
2. Matthieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) s.t
3. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) s.t
4. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) s.t
Tirreno-Adriatico GC after stage 2:
1.Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 3:36:17
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceunick-Quickstep) +4’’
3. Matthieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin Fenix) +8’’
9. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +14’’
Paris-Nice Stage 5 results:
1.Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 5:16:01
2. Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) s.t
3. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) s.t
6. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) s.t
Paris-Nice GC after Stage 5:
1.Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) 18:42:41
2.Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +31’’
3.Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +37’’