CHIETI, Italy (AP) — Joachin Rodriguez won the fifth stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race Sunday with an attack on the short but steep finishing climb, and Chris Froome took the overall lead.
Rodriguez, a Spaniard with the Katusha team and runner-up in last year's Giro d'Italia, clocked 6 hours, 6 minutes, 43 seconds in the marathon-like 230-kilometer leg (143-mile) from Ortona to Chieti. Dutch rider Bauke Mollema finished second, eight seconds behind, and Spanish standout Alberto Contador crossed third with the same time in a group that also featured Froome, who was sixth.
In the overall standings, Froome holds a 20-second lead over Contador with Italy's Vincenzo Nibali third, also 20 seconds back. After an easier stage Monday, the race ends Tuesday with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.