The Colombian and Sagan’s sprint battle heads to Milano-Sanremo. Quintana retains the Maglia Azzurra. The final ITT is tomorrow.
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim victory in stage 6 of the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico at Civitanova Marche. It was his first stage win after he missed out on stage 3 due to being involved in a crash. It was a narrow margin following a race finale marred by several attacks in true classics style. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) remains in the overall lead ahead of the closing individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.
Tomorrow, last stage of the race, the 10km Individual Time Trial at San Benedetto del Tronto. The first rider, Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-Hansgrohe), will start at 13.05. The last rider, the Maglia Azzurra Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), will start at 15.58.
1 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 168km in 4’09’31”, average speed 40.398kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)
2 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 50″
3 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) at 1’06”
The stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “It was a complicated and dangerous sprint. It was difficult for a single team to organize a train but we managed to win and we’re happy. I knew I had put my front wheel before Peter Sagan on the finishing line but I went to him afterwards to apologize for not giving him turns earlier on when we rode away – I couldn’t because my team-mate Niki Terpstra was at the front. Milan-Sanremo will be another story, after 290km of racing. Sagan might as well go solo on the Poggio and not be caught. I heard this race is a lottery but if someone [Eddy Merckx] has won it seven times, it can’t be a lottery. I’ll play my cards, hoping for the best.”
Peter Sagan, second today, said: “I’m not angry for losing today. I’m happy with how I’ve gone at Tirreno-Adriatico until now. Today’s finale was a bit complicated with a small downhill and riders away. It wasn’t a standard sprint. Gaviria will be one of my important rivals for Milan-Sanremo but there’ll be many more. It’s always an unpredictable race.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Nairo Quintana said: “My team rode at the front in the finale in order to avoid any danger. Tomorrow it’s going to be an important test for me against the clock and I hope for the best outcome. I’m not at 100% capacity yet, I’m still missing some part of my preparation for the Giro. I also don’t think that I’ve reached my best sporting level yet. I physically improve every year. It’s interesting to see a Colombian sprinter like Fernando Gaviria coming up – he has a track background. Races in Colombia used to all finish uphill but times have changed. The new generation is producing different types of riders. I didn’t know Egan Bernal before this race. I spoke with him two days ago. He’s very young. He came in the pro ranks as a kid. He’s got class and the legs to succeed.”
Only three riders have won two stages at Tirreno-Adriatico before reaching the age of 23: Giuseppe Saronni (one stage in each of 1978, 1979 and 1980), Moreno Argentin (two stages in 1983), and now Fernando Gaviria (one stage in each of 2016 and 2017).
Fernando Gaviria denied Peter Sagan his third stage victory in this edition of Tirreno-Adriatico. The last rider to win three stages in the same year was Oscar Freire in 2008.
scar Freire nel 2008.