Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) claimed his second stage win of Tirreno-Adriatico in Fano as he outsprinted World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who was hampered by a crash that took the other stage favourite, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), out of contention with 7.5km to go. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) retained the Maglia Azzurra ahead of the conclusive Individual Time Trial in San Benedetto del Tronto with a slim advantage of three seconds over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team).
Tomorrow is last stage of the race, the 10km Individual Time Trial at San Benedetto del Tronto. The first rider, Liam Bertazzo (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia), will start at 13.15. The last rider, the Maglia Azzurra Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), will start at 15.48.
1 – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin) 153km in 3h49’54”, average speed 39.930kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
1 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
2 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) at 3”
3 – Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) at 23”
Marcel Kittel said in the press conference: “This second stage victory isn’t necessarily better than the first one, which was my first pro win in Italy, so it was special. Today’s win is also special because it’s the birthday of [teammate] Nathan Haas and it wasn’t an easy stage at all. I’m proud of the team. Katusha-Alpecin has a big potential in leadout with Rick Zabel and Marco Haller. With rouleurs like Alex Dowsett and Tony Martin, we can combine things really well. Today’s victory will keep everyone in the team motivated.”
Race leader Michal Kwiatkowski said: “Today’s race was more nervous with the rain. It’s very nice to have technical circuits for the fans but, as riders, we find them tricky. We have to be careful where to be positioned in the bunch ahead of the corners. It’s part of cycling – we have to deal with it. Now I’ll have to deal with Damiano Caruso being a great time triallist. I have a good opportunity to win but it would have been easier if I had a bigger advantage. It’s gonna be a great spectacle for people watching the race – they won’t know the final result until we cross the line.”
Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) 10.0km
Individual time trial of 10,050m, on a route that mainly follows the final circuit of the conclusive stages of the late 90s and recent 2000s, and has been the same since 2015. The start ramp is located in Viale Tamerici (south wharf). From here, riders proceed towards Porto d’Ascoli along the sea. From Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto (intermediate time recording – km 4.4), the route runs a further 750m before heading back towards San Benedetto del Tronto, where the race ends on the traditional home stretch in Viale Buozzi.
The last 3km run along wide and mainly straight roads. The route runs along the seafront (upward lane) towards the finish line. 2.5km before the finish, a double bend leads to the straight home stretch on 8m-wide tarmac road.
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SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO
An oasis of palms and greenery and a Blue-flag winning sea, paired with top-quality tourist reception facilities, fabulous food, a lovely climate, leisure activities for children, a bustling nightlife, sports and culture. San Benedetto del Tronto is all of this – and much more. The seafront is the city’s crown jewel. Stretching four kilometres, it is considered one of the most beautiful promenades in Italy. The port – one of the most important in Italy – also has a large tourist harbour. San Benedetto started to grow in the late 19th century, following the construction of the Adriatic Railway and the creation of the first beach resort. Since then, San Benedetto del Tronto has been thriving around the sea, which is its main source of economic and cultural wealth. Fishing has moved from contributing to people’s livelihoods to being the mainstay of the local economy. At the same time, tourism has grown remarkably, and San Benedetto del Tronto has become the most popular city in the Marches region in terms of hotel stays. The popular “brodetto alla sambenedettese”, a fish stew with bell peppers and vinegar, which makes it different from any other recipe, is a must-taste in local cuisine. It has been a one of a kind since forever, and just a spoonful of it will take you back in time. San Benedetto del Tronto has hosted the finish of the Tirreno-Adriatico without interruption since its second edition, contended in 1967.
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