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Pogacar, Evenepoel, Vingegaard take wrong turn at Tirreno-Adriatico

Pogacar, Evenepoel, Vingegaard take wrong turn at Tirreno-Adriatico

Overall race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Remco Evenepoel (Quickstep-AlphaVinyl) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) veered off course ahead of the final climb of the…

Saturday, Mar 12

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Overall race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Remco Evenepoel (Quickstep-AlphaVinyl) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) veered off course ahead of the final climb of the day in what turned into a dramatic finale of stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico .

The trio were on the attack together when they failed to notice a right-hand turn with 6km to go. Instead, they rode straight on, and off the route.

Evenepoel led the trio, who were closing the gap to the leading breakaway, and blasted past the corner, only noticing it as he was racing by, such was the speed.

Several course marshals onsite off to the left-hand side of the road, who were wearing bright yellow vests, waved at the the riders in the last seconds as they passed. However, there seemed to be limited visibility of course markers to direct the riders.

"There was a small arrow pointing right, but we just missed it, everybody, and yeah, we tried to come back but it was too far for the stage win," said Pogačar after the stage in Fermo.

Evenepoel had gone clear with Pogacar and Vingegaard after an acceleration over the top of the penultimate climb, and they had picked up Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) from the breakaway. The Italian, who was at the back of the group, did spot the turn and stayed on course, looking back in amazement.

Evenepoel was leading at the time and so was the last to stop and turn around. Pogačar managed to drag himself back to the front quickly, as […]

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