Nairo Quintana blew apart the Tirreno-Adriatico overall classification as he claimed the first victory of his 2015 with one of his best performances since he jumped into the WorldTour with the Movistar Team. The Colombian climber is the new leader of the Italian race after a splendid performance through the Terminillo, only mountain-top finish of the 'Corsa dei Due Mari', after a long, 194km stage five in cold, rainy, even snowy conditions in the finale, all the way from the start in Esanatoglia, in the heart of the Appennines.

Jesús Herrada entered into the early break of the day to release the Movistar Team from any responsibility on the chase and add calmness to a group which protected Quintana perfectly: firstly with Malori and Ventoso into the flat, then over the climbs with Moreno, Amador, Castroviejo and a remarkable Giovanni Visconti. The Italian went after the first moves into the favourites' group, 7 km from the finish, and anticipated the move by Nairo, with 4.8km remaining. A double acceleration by the Colombian, initially to open a gap then to avoid any counter attacks, launched him into a prodigious cavalcade, opening gaps meter by meter to amass a 41-second over Bauke Mollema (TFR), his nearest rival; fifty-five seoncds over the main group including Rodríguez, Urán or Contador; and a minute and a half against former race leader Wout Poels (SKY).

It's Nairo's 23rd victory in the pro scene -23 years after Lucho Herrera's victory atop Terminillo in the 1992 Giro d'Italia- and the  ninth this season for the Movistar Team, which will take their hearts out to defend his Maglia Azzurra tomorrow in the long (210km), yet gentle stage six from Rieti to Porto Sant'Elpidio. Nairo's gap is presumably strong enough to keep him into a confident defense on Tuesday, into the TT showdown (10km) in San Benedetto: 39" to Mollema; 48" over Urán; 1'03" to Contador.