The UCI World Champion imposed himself on the Muri stage. Movistar controlled the race and Quintana keeps the CG lead.
“It was crazy. It looked like there was no tomorrow. The peloton went so fast! I’m very happy with my win today. It has been sad to see some post-earthquake ruins today. During the race, my thoughts went to the victims; I feel sorry for them.”
These are the first words of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the finish line. The Slovakian rider claimed his second stage victory of the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico as he outclassed the climbers in a hilly finish leading to the cathedral of Fermo overlooking the Adriatic sea. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) retained the lead in the overall ranking while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) moved up to second after Adam Yates pulled out.
1 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 210km in 5’00’05”, average speed 41.988kph
2 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) s.t.
3 – Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)
2 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 56″
3 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) at 1’06”
Peter Sagan, today’s stage winner said: “I wasn’t feeling good today and the pace was high all the way. It seemed like many riders hadn’t read the road book and didn’t realize how hard the course was. Rafal Majka killed himself to make me win. I got back on only at the last kilometer. If it was a one-day race today, maybe I wouldn’t have been up there. The climbers spent a lot of energy yesterday. I, on the other hand, took it easy before the Terminillo. So I was a bit fresher than the GC contenders. But it’s been a day of changes of rhythm with attacks at the front of the peloton. I’m exhausted. It has been sad to see some post-earthquake ruins today. During the race, my thoughts went to the victims; I feel sorry for them.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Nairo Quintana said: “My team-mates controlled the race with no problem today. I wasn’t trying to win the stage but to maintain my advantage over my rivals, which is quite comfortable for now ahead of a hopefully quieter day tomorrow. When I accelerated, it was for making a selection and not arriving at the finish with a big group for a sprint. These ‘walls’ in the finale were too short for me to go away but they were nice and they made the race spectacular. It was like a classic today so I wasn’t exactly surprised to see Sagan at the front. It was clear that he’d try to win the same way he has won classics and the World Championships: I said it before, and he won.”
With seven stage victories, Peter Sagan equals Erik Zabel in sixth position on the tally behind Roger De Vlaeminck (15 stage wins), Oscar Freire (11) and Alessandro Petacchi, Moreno Argentin and Giuseppe Saronni (all 8 victories).
Fermo is the place for World Champions to win: 30 years after Moreno Argentin on 16 March 1987, Peter Sagan also triumphs in Fermo wearing the rainbow jersey.