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Tirreno-Adriatico. Stage 5. Astana in attack on stage of Michele Scarponi

The Tirreno-Adriatico dedicated the fifth stage of the race to the memory of Michele Scarponi, tragically died last April. The stage from Castelraimondo has finished in the home town of Michele Filottrano with triple pass of the Muro di Filottrano.

The whole town was decorated with the blue and yellow colors and the portraits of Michele Scarponi, it was an emotional and beautiful gesture both, of the Tirreno-Adriatico organisers and the citizens of Filottrano.

Astana Team did its best on this stage to honor its captain, trying to do an aggressive and spectacular race.

Dario Cataldo was the rider, who attacked in the beginning of the stage, creating a breakaway group of 5 riders, who went away for almost all-day long. Later, Cataldo remained alone in a solo breakaway, giving his best to stay in front of the race as long as possible. Finally, Astana rider was caught with only 11 km to go on the streets of Filottrano.

- The plan was to do a strong race and to try to play my cards. I wanted to try to go in the break and to see if I can do something there. The final did not suit me quite well, it was more for the specialists. Anyway, I gave my 100% today until the end. For me this race was more as a personal thing, than just a race. In this way I wanted to honor Michele Scarponi, - said Dario Cataldo after an emotional and brave ride.

At the third pass of the Muro di Filottrano it was Alexey Lutsenko, who made a powerful attack, followed by Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates. A few moments later Yates counterattacked to go away solo and to win this stage.

Second place took the World champion Peter Sagan, while the Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski did third. Alexey Lutsenko finished 13th.

After this stage Kwiatkowski became the new overall leader of the race, while Miguel Angel Lopez and Alexey Lutsenko moved up to 16th and 17th places, respectively.

Astana came into the lead of the team’s classification of the race.

Stage 6 will be held tomorrow: 153 km from Numana to Fano.

Photo credit: ©Bettiniphoto

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