Tirreno-Adriatico 2020: Van der Poel powers to victory, Yates keeps GC lead

The Tirreno's 7th stage comes down to a punchy circuit in Loreto. Breakaway boy Mathieu van der Poel bests Matteo Fabbro in a thrilling finale to snatch the stage win. Simon Yates stays in the lead of the general classification. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 7th stage Tirreno-Adriatico

1. Mathieu van der Poel (nld)
2. Ruben Guerreiro (por) + 0.04
3. Matteo Fabbro (ita) s.t.
4. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 0.09
5. Alex Aranburu (spa) + 0.10
6. Simon Yates (gbr) s.t.
7. Michael Woods (can) s.t.
8. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
9. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
10. Rafal Majka (pol) s.t.

GC after stage 7
1. Simon Yates (gbr)
2. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.16
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.39
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.49
5. Fausto Masnada (ita) + 0.57
6. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 0.59
7. Michael Woods (can) + 1.22
8. James Knox (gbr) + 1.26
9. Gianluca Brambilla (ita) + 2.33
10. Jack Haig (aus) + 2.47

Race report
Dillier, De Bondt, Tonelli, Ballerini, Guerreiro, Samitier and Tusveld break clear after 50 kilometres of hard racing. Eight more riders bridge across, Van der Poel, Fabbro, Barta, Vermote, Campenaerts, Bernard and Visconti, and the lead group opens up a gap of almost 5 minutes.

The lead group enters the finishing circuit in Loreto 4 minutes ahead of the peloton.

Fabbro and Guerreiro head out together to attack on the climb to the finish. The bell for the last round sounds with a lead of 2 minutes over the peloton. Van der Poel restores contact before the road goes downhill again.

Tusveld, Samitier and Visconti bridge across before Fabbro attacks. The 25-year old Italian opens a lead of 30 seconds, while Fuglsang, Thomas (Benjamin) and Holmes attack in the peloton.

Fabbro reaches the last kilometre with a 17 seconds lead, but Van der Poel overhauls him in the last hundred meters and the Dutchman powers to the win.

Another Dutchman, Kelderman, finishes in fourth, while Yates holds on to the leader’s jersey.

Another interesting read: route 7th stage 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico.

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