Tadej Pogačar put in a confident display to close out his victory in Tirreno-Adriatico. Having claimed a solo win at Prati di Tivo on stage 4 and taking the blue leaders jersey, the 22 year old put in a strong defence to extend his overall lead on stage 5.
With a buffer of 1’15’’ over his nearest rival Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) coming into the final day, the Slovenian time-trial champion knew he had to do a good performance to keep the lead on the 10km course around San Benedetto del Tronto.The stage honours went to Van Aert with Pogačar coming in 4th, 12″ behind the winner. Along with the overall, Pogačar also takes the mountains classification and the award for the best young rider.
The win at Tirreno-Adriatico adds to Pogačar’s blistering start to the season: starting with his win at UAE Tour, where the squad also claimed the team classification. Pogačar will now take a short break before taking aim at the Tour of the Basque Country and the Ardennes classics.