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With a brilliant final attack up the steep ramps to Chieti, Katusha Team's Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez took the win on Stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico. With less than 2km remaining on the long and hilly stage, Purito made his move and attacked the small front group and rode to the win on his Canyon Aeroad CF. Post-race, Purito explained "After losing time (Saturday) I didn't get upset. When I have a bad day, I fight back. I knew that I had a chance to make up for it today and I did," Rodriguez said. "It was important for me to win. I won a stage (at Tirreno-Adriatico) last year, and others stages in the past so I like it as a race. This year the best riders in the world are here and so to beat them is great for my self confidence."
"When there's a climb like that up to Chieti, I know I'm the favourite. I suppose it’s like how Cavendish feels when there's a sprint and when Cancellara does a time trial. But it's not easy to win here. It was the same finish as last year, the same final kilometres. I went where I was dropped last year, so I knew it was the toughest point."
March 10, Stage 5: Ortona-Chieti 230km
1. Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (ESP) Katusha 6:06:43