The Italian rider, Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), has won stage three of the 54th edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 226km from Pomarance to Foligno, ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria Rendon (UAE Team Emirates). The British rider, Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott), retains the Maglia Azzurra of leader of the GC.
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″
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 – Natnael Berhane (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Open Fiber – Laurens De Plus (Team Jumbo – Visma)
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Elia Viviani, said: “I’m very happy to win my first stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. It was a chaotic sprint. Even the GC riders were fighting for position to avoid losing any time. I lost my two lead-out guys but we always have a spare one and, this time, it was Zdenek Stybar. He put me on a good wheel and that was Peter Sagan’s.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Adam Yates, said: “It’s been a long day but the sprinters’ teams wanted to control. We sat behind them and I tried to save energy. Tomorrow is not as hard as stage 5 but it could still be decisive.”