Mathieu van der Poel holds off charging Pogačar to take sublime solo stage five win at Tirreno-Adriatico

Pogačar extended his GC lead over Wout van Aert to over a minute

Mathieu van der Poel wins stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Even the dismal weather couldn't dampen the spectacle on offer at Tirreno-Adriatico, as Mathieu van der Poel pulled off a magnificent solo win, holding off race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) to take the stage five victory.

Such was the effort to keep the Tour de France champion at bay, the Dutchman crossed the finish line head hanging over his handlebars, no energy left to celebrate, collapsing to the floor past the finish line and staying there.

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