10 March 2017

THE INCREDIBLE SAGAN

Peter Sagan outsprinted Elia Viviani to claim victory at Montalto di Castro after overcoming illness. Rohan Dennis became the third rider from BMC Racing Team to lead Tirreno-Adriatico in three days as he took over from Greg Van Avermaet at the addition of the placings.

 

RACE RESULT

1 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – 204 km in 4h51’59”, media 41,920 km/h

2 – Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.

3 – Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) s.t.

 

GENERAL STANDING

1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)

2 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t

3 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) s.t.

 

COMPLETE STANDINGS 

 

The stage winner Peter Sagan said: “The sprint went well for me today. I remembered last year’s equivalent stage. I was at the front too early and I learned that it was better to sprint from behind. Thanks to the cross winds, there wasn’t anyone on [Elia] Viviani’s wheel so I took it. He rode the way I did last year. 250 metres of a slightly hilly finish, it’s a bit long. I’m happy to win a stage here. Last year I didn’t but I won the Tour of Flanders after that. The feeling is important. It’s not all about victory or finishing second or third.”

 

The new Maglia Azzurra, Rohan Dennis said: “I’m not sure how the crash happened. I was just behind it and I saw many riders putting their brakes on. I managed to pass guys who were on the ground and that’s why I have the leader’s jersey instead of Greg. It’s the bad side of cycling. Coming here is more about using Tirreno-Adriatico as a stepping stone towards the Giro and getting used to the roads that are our challenges in May. Tejay [van Garderen] is our main leader, I’m the reserve.”

 

STATISTICS

Rohan Dennis is the first Australian to take the leader’s jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico since Matt Goss who led the race from stage 1 to stage 3 in 2012. The first Australian leader was Phil Anderson on 11 March 1988 at Bacoli.

Sixth stage victory for Peter Sagan at Tirreno-Adriatico.

For the first time the Belgian Jurgen Roelandts, aged 31, makes the podium of a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico.