Frenchman Warren Barguel won the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico Championship on Friday. He managed to make it out of a breakup with Xandro Meurisse. But the topic of today’s conversation was the Remco Evenepoel error.
Evenepoel cut eight kilometers from the finish on a cliff top, and only Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard came. But at a weak and slightly further fork, the trio made a mistake. Next, even shaking his head even had to chase the toughest to reconnect with the other rating riders. In the end, the error on the way did not result in any loss of time for the three periods. In the standings, Poojacar maintained his lead by nine seconds, ahead of Evenpool.
“I felt really good today and had a great team around me,” said our compatriot. “They protected me all day. When the UAE team took the lead and got the pace, I knew it was time to attack. I only brought Pogacar and Vingegaard with me. We went to full throttle in the landing and made good progress. Until there really wasn’t any Something or no one showed us the way and we had to turn right. So we went straight ahead and our promising attack was over.”
Evenepoel had to hunt for a while, but she didn’t waste time. He came in ninth on the tough finish. “Fortunately, I had my legs to fill the gap again,” it seems. “With some help from Ballero (Davide Ballerini, editor). I was able to get back on set, but it’s really sad how it turned out. It sounded good.”
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“When Evenepoel attacked, I was alert and had two legs to follow. Unfortunately we went in the wrong direction. On the descent it was hard to see the right direction coming,” Vinggaard said on the Jumbo-Visma website.
“It’s not very well marked,” Pogakar said. “Too bad, after that I just didn’t have the strength anymore. Remco (Evenepoel) and Jonas (Vingegaard) and I had a good choice to fight for a stage win. We had a little lead, but then we went straight to that touchdown. It wasn’t There’s a good signal. There was an arrow pointing to the right, but because of the high speed we couldn’t see that angle and we went in the wrong direction.”
Gone was a triple advance. “I had to pull off a strong sprint and then get back into the peloton. That took strength and then I didn’t insist. I didn’t see Remco having any more connection problems, I was mainly concerned with myself and felt like my legs had exploded with the effort. It was The other guys are fighting to win, in the end it was a good day, because I’m still at the top of the standings and I want to remember that.”