Tirreno-Adriatico: Pogacar powers away to win stage 4 in Bellante.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) claimed his fifth victory of the season with a crushing punch on the uphill finish on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Tour de France champion, who won Strade Bianche with a 50km solo last weekend, took the blue leader’s jersey from Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and underlined his status as the red-hot favourite for the overall title.

It was another all-action display from Pogačar, who embarked on another long-range attack with Ganna and fellow favourite Remo Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) on the first of three ascents of the key climb on the finishing circuit in Bellante.

That roll of the dice came to nothing and the bunch reformed for the final ascent, where the Slovenian was prominent in marking every move. An acceleration from Victor Lafay (Cofidis) was selected as his launchpad and when he kicked clear with 500 metres to go it was emphatic.

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