Simon Yates attacks to take stage and Tirreno-Adriatico lead

Yates dropped everyone on the mountain finish atop Sarnano-Sassotetto as Canadian Michael Woods loses race lead

Simon Yates attacks to take stage and Tirreno-Adriatico lead

Simon Yates took the Queen stage and the leaders jersey at the Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing on the Sarnano-Sassotetto ahead of Geraint Thomas and Rafal Majka.

Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) went solo with around 4km to go and left the other general classification riders battling.

Behind and in-form Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) proved to be the best of the rest.

Canadian Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) was dropped and finished in 11th, 1m 46s behinf, losing his race lead and falling down the general classification to 8th place.

Woods had a bad day but the race isn't over yet with three stage to go, the last beng an individual time trial on Monday.

2018 Vuelta a España winner, Simon Yates is aiming to win the Giro d'Italia this October, and so to is Geraint Thomas who's riding himself into form.

How it Happened

Aftre the day's brakaway was caught, it all came down to the final climb up to Sarnano-Sassotetto

Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) kicked with 6km to go as he tested himself on the climb but he didn’t stay clear for long as Oscar Rodriguez (Astana) brought him back.

Stage four’s stage winner, Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nibali lost touch as Jakob Fuglsang attacked, forcing EF Pro Cycling to work, against brought back quickly with 5km to go.

An upping in pace by Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) isolated Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) made a move, with Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) and Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) following.

Vlasov and Majka bridged up to Masnada and Brambilla as Yates pushed clear and went on solo on the steepest gradients.

VIDEO: 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5 Highlights

2020 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5 Top 10

1. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 5-30-43
2. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 35s
3. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe), at same time
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana, at 39s
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 54s
6. James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 58s
7. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 1-00
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb, at 1-05
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 1-11
10. Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling, at 1-46

2020 Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 GC after Stage 5

1. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 23-36-59
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 16s
3. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 39s
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana, 49s
5. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 54s
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 1-00
7. James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 1-21
8. Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling, at 1-22
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 2-28
10. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, at 2-44

Tag: tirrenoadriatico
Mar 16 2021 - NEWS: Tour de France champion Pogacar wins Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 15 2021 - NEWS: Wurtz Schmidt takes stage six from breakway as Pogacar holds lead
Mar 14 2021 - NEWS: Mathieu van der Poel attacks to win stage five at Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 13 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar rises in the mountains and takes Tirreno-Adriatico lead
Mar 12 2021 - NEWS: Van der Poel and Van Aert duel up the slopes of Gualdo Tadin on Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 11 2021 - NEWS: Alaphilippe sprints to Tirreno-Adriatico second stage win
Mar 10 2021 - NEWS: Wout Van Aert wins Tirreno-Adriatico opening sprint stage
Mar 02 2021 - NEWS: Yates, Pogacar, Bernal and Thomas headline 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico
Sep 14 2020 - NEWS: Simon Yates Time Trials to Tirreno-Adriatico Victory
Sep 13 2020 - NEWS: Van der Poel takes stage 7 in nail-biting finish at Tirreno-Adriatico
Sep 12 2020 - NEWS: Simon Yates retains the race lead after stage six sprint
Sep 11 2020 - NEWS: Simon Yates attacks to take stage and Tirreno-Adriatico lead
Sep 10 2020 - NEWS: Hamilton wins stage 4 as Woods retains the lead on Stage 4
Sep 09 2020 - NEWS: Michael Woods powers to stage 3 victory at Tirreno-Adriatico
Sep 08 2020 - NEWS: Ackermann wins second-straight stage at Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 07 2022 - EVENT: 2022 Tirreno-Adriatico