Tirreno-Adriatico 2021: Würtz Schmidt wins five-up sprint, Pogacar keeps GC lead

Mads Wurtz Schmidt - Tirreno-Adriatico 2021: Würtz Schmidt wins five-up sprint, Pogacar keeps GC leadfoto: Cor VosBreakaway day at the Tirreno! Mads Würtz Schmidt outsprints his fellow-attackers Brent Van Moer, Simone Velasco, Jan Bakelants and Nelson Oliveira, while Tadej Pogacar stays in the overall lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 6th stage Tirreno-Adriatico 2021

1. Mads Würtz Schmidt (den)
2. Brent Van Moer (bel) s.t.
3. Simone Velasco (ita) s.t.
4. Jan Bakelants (bel) s.t.
5. Nelson Oliveira (por) s.t.
6. Emils Liepins (lat) + 0.25
7. Tim Merlier (bel) + 1.09
8. Davide Ballerini (ita) s.t.
9. Elia Viviani (ita) s.t.
10. Max Kanter (ger) s.t.

GC after stage 6
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Wout van Aert (bel) + 1.15
3. Mikel Landa (spa) + 3.00
4. Egan Bernal (col) + 3.30
5. Matteo Fabbro (ita) + 3.54
6. Tim Wellens (bel) + 4.30
7. João Almeida (por) + 4.42
8. Romain Bardet (fra) + 5.03
9. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) + 5.54
10. Simon Yates (gbr) + 6.58

Race report
Mads Würtz Schmidt is among the most active riders after the start. The Dane initiates a breakaway with Jan Bakelants, Brent Van Moer, Simone Velasco, Nelson Oliveira and Emils Liepins. The six carve out a lead of more than 6 minutes.

With one lap of 10 kilometres to go the gap sits at 2.10 minutes. Which means the breakaway is going to succeed.

As Liepins is dropped in the last lap it comes down to a sprint of five. Würtz Schmidt outclasses Van Moer and Velasco to take his first big win as a pro. Tadej Pogacar finishes in the peloton to stay in the overall race lead.

Another interesting read: route 6th stage 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 stage 6: route, profiles, more

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