Belgian Philippe Gilbert of the Omega Pharma-Lotto team won the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Sunday over 244km from Chieti to Castelraimondo. Australian ace Cadel Evans took over the leader's blue jersey with a two second advantage over Ivan Basso and three to Damiano Cunego.
Gilbert stunned Wout Poels in a sprint finish after his Dutch rival had chased down a two-man breakaway, with Cunego coming in third. Overnight leader Robert Geesink of Rabobank dropped to fifth, five seconds back, after he was dropped on the final climb.
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5: Chieti to Casteraimondo 224km
1. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/Pharma-Lotto) 6:43:23
2. Wouter Poels (NED/Vacansoleil) s.t.
3. Damiano Cunego (ITA/Lampre)
4. Danilo Di Luca (ITA/Katusha)
5. Andrey Amador (CRC/Movistar)
General Classification After Stage 5
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 22:48:43
2. Ivan Basso (ITA/Liquigas) @ .02
3. Damiano Cunego (ITA/Lampre) @ .03
4. Michele Scarponi (ITA/Lampre) @ .05
5. Robert Gesink (NED/Rabobank) s.t.