The French rider Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) has won the sixth stage of the 54th edition of the Race of the Two Seas, the Verdicchio Wine Stage, 195km from Matelica to Jesi, ahead of Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step). The British rider Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) remains the leader of the GC, wearing the Maglia Azzurra.
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.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 25″
3 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 35″
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)
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Julian Alaphilippe said: “I’m not a sprinter but I know I can sprint well on a hard day like this. With one lap to go, Elia Viviani asked me if I wanted to go for the sprint. I said I’ll be your last lead out man. Max Richeze pulled hard and I just relayed him till the line. I’m just really happy with this incredible victory.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Adam Yates, said: “The last kilometer was pretty much uphill. We know Alaphilippe can sprint on a road like this one. Maybe a couple of years ago, I could have done it too. I’m not so punchy any more. I hope to create a surprise tomorrow but the TT doesn’t suit me and the gap isn’t big enough but I’ll do my best.”