In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends
After losing his GC hopes in a crash on stage 2, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico Sunday in Filottrano, soloing to victory in the final five kilometres that included a steep climb to the line. World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished second, seven seconds back.
“I’ve been feeling good for a few days now,” Yates said. “I tried a couple of stages ago but I came second. The team set me up perfectly before the last climb so I could ride away, all I had to do was attack and hold on the bunch. I finished it off. It’s been a long time since I last won a race. My brother won yesterday at Paris-Nice [and] it gave me some extra motivation for today.”
The 178km stage from Castelraimondo to Filottrano honoured fallen rider Michele Scarponi, the Italian who was killed by a vehicle in April 2017 and who hailed from the finish town. It was a tough hilly stage, with a final circuit ridden three times that included the Muro di Filottrano 5km before the finish followed by a challenging descent and then a mild climb leading back to the finish line. Yates rode away from the peloton on the Muro di Filottrano and was not seen again.
Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski, who started the day one second behind race leader Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) finished third and moved into the overall lead, three seconds ahead of Caruso with two stages remaining.
“I was racing for the stage win but also with the GC in mind, knowing that time bonuses could put me in the lead,” Kwiatkowski said. “This stage suited Peter Sagan to perfection but, with the shape I had in the past few days, I knew I could be up there with him and take some time bonus. At the end of the day, I’m happy I finished third. It’s nice that we have the leader’s jersey back after yesterday’s bad luck. Now I hope we won’t have any bad luck tomorrow and will be in the same situation before the ITT.”