Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) imposed himself for the first time on the roads of Tirreno-Adriatico as he won a bunch sprint in Foligno, beating no less than triple world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and his arch-rival, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came safely home to retain the lead in the overall classification.
1 – Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 226km in 5h36’45”, average speed 41.499kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Fernando Gaviria Rendon (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
3 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 7″
The stage winner, Elia Viviani, said: “It’s been a pretty quiet stage. Sometimes, breakaway riders take up to a 12-minute lead. Today we made a deal straight away with UAE Team Emirates so we controlled the race with one rider each. The finish was technical but the last curve wasn’t dangerous. Peter Sagan launched the sprint sitting on his saddle. He’s not a pure sprinter but, after 230km of racing, he can beat any of us. Fortunately, I still had some extra speed that we’re never sure to have left at the end of such a long race. This is my first race on Italian soil wearing the tricolour jersey so I’m enjoying every moment even more.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Adam Yates, said: “The next two stages are definitely the hardest of the race. Stage 5 looks pretty nasty but, as I said before, we’ll take it stage by stage. The guys looked after me all day. They kept me fresh for tomorrow and we’ll try something. I have two opportunities to gain the time I need before the closing ITT. If it’s tomorrow, it’s great; otherwise I’ll wait for another day.”
Stage 3 – Foligno – Fossombrone 221km
Stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport International TV Schedule available here.