18 March 2019

Julian Alaphilippe gets into sprinting mode before Milan-Sanremo

Stage 2 winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) created something of a surprise by taking a second victory at the end of a bunch sprint after losing contact with his team-mate Elia Viviani, who he was going to lead out. The Italian national champion crossed the line in third place with Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) coming second. The 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport GC will come down to a duel against the clock between race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and current second-place man Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) who remain separated by 25 seconds ahead of the closing Individual Time Trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

 

The first rider to start tomorrow will be Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain – Merida) at 13:25. The last rider, the Maglia Azzurra Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will start at 16:03. Tomorrow’s ITT starting order can be downloaded here.

 

STAGE RESULT

1 – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 195km in 4h42’11”, average speed 41.462kph
2 – Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) s.t.
3 – Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) s.t.

 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 25″
3 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 35″

 

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF)
  • Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Enel –Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Open Fiber –Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

The stage winner, Julian Alaphilippe, said: “It was a surprise for me to raise my hands up in the air. I was working for Elia [Viviani] and at the end I was on the wheel of Max Richeze who did a hard last pull. I saw the 200m to go mark. From there, I gave it all till the finishing line. I’m glad I won but it’s truly a very big team victory with a lot of work all day. We controlled, we brought the breakaway back and we capped it off. I’ll do the time trial tomorrow the best I can but the big goal for me and the team now is Milan-Sanremo. We have a very strong team. It won’t be easy to win. I’m in great shape. It’s fantastic to be on form for my goals. Elia is also able to win if there’s a bunch sprint finish. We have several cards to play but only one objective: to win the first Monument of the year.”

 

The Maglia Azzurra, Adam Yates, said: “Sprint stages are always tricky. Many teams were nervous today because there was a lot of wind. But the guys looked after me, I got here in one piece and there’s just the time trial left. I keep saying I’ll do the best I can and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough.”

 

STATISTICS

  • Before Julian Alaphilippe, only one Frenchman won two stages in a single edition of Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport: Jean-Claude Leclercq – then riding for Helvetia and now a famous TV commentator in German language – who won stage 3 from Amalfi to Rapallo (ITT) and stage 6 from Porto Recanati to Monte Urano, in 1990.
  • Davide Cimolai (2nd) took his first podium place at Tirreno-Adriatico. His last podium place was 2nd in stage 4 of the 2017 Volta Catalunya three days after winning stage 1 for FDJ.
  • With five Maglia Azzurra, Briton Adam Yates has just as many days in the lead of Tirreno-Adriatico as his compatriot Mark Cavendish.

 

TOMORROW’S STAGE

Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) 10km

Discover more on stage 7 of Tirreno Adriatico NamedSport 2019

 

CURIOSITIES

San Benedetto del Tronto

San Benedetto del Tronto is a city in the Marches, the fifth largest in the region by population after Ancona, Pesaro, Fano and Ascoli Piceno, and includes 23 municipalities.

Also known as Riviera delle Palme, the name as been extended also to also refer to neighboring localities of the coast and inland, making it one of the main tourist resorts of the Marche. Since 1999 the city has been continuously awarded the Blue Flag with star, the recognition that the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) awards to the European coastal resorts for quality of bathing water and services offered.

Since the second edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico, in 1967, San Benedetto del Tronto has been the permanent home of the final stage of what is generally considered the second stage cycling race in Italy, after the Giro d’Italia. The Corsa Rosa itself has also visited San Benedetto, in 1953 and 1964.

 

TV COVERAGE

Stage 7 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport International TV Schedule available here.