Defending champion Simon Yates took his chances in the final of today’s summit finish stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, chasing down a late attack by Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates), before having to settle for a bittersweet second place.
The Brit began clawing his way up to Pogacar in what was a nail-biting finale but was caught short, with the line coming too soon, leaving the the 28-year-old to resign to second place, just six seconds behind the new race leader Pogacar.
The action packed final 10kilometres saw multiple general classification favourites launching attacks one after the other but Yates bided his time in the group, ‘playing the game’ before picking his moment to go in pursuit of the sole leader.
In the end, Pogacar proved to be the strongest and smartest on the day, successfully holding off the chase to take the stage honours.
Simon Yates – 2nd stage 4
“It was good today; I am off GC so we were only going for the stage. I tried to play the game, I tried to get other GC guys to bring back any gaps, bring back any guys that were trying to get away and in the end the mistake was trying to play the game for too long as Pogacar he was gone.
“I tried to go across and close the gap a little bit, but he was already long gone, I didn’t really get any time on him after the initial acceleration. It was tough to win the stage, but the sensations are good, so I am feeling quite happy.“
Matt White – Head Sport Director
“Very pleasing signs, we came here as part of our preparation for the Giro d’Italia and what we saw was a very impressive climb from Simon. Not quite good enough to catch Pogacar but at the end of the day this is Simon’s first race of the season and he showed he can mix it with the best climbers in the world today.”
2021 Tirreno Adriatico Stage 4 Results:
1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:51:24
2. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +0:06
3. Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo) +0:29
General Classification after stage 4:
1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) 17:53:21
2. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:35
3. Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo) ST
15. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +1:59
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