Good morning from Stage 6 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The last in-line stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Matelica to Jesi (195km). The flat finale seems to prelude to a bunch sprint. It is the Verdicchio Wine Stage, celebrating Verdicchio, the world-famous white wine produced in this area of the Marche Region.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 144 riders passed km 0 at 11:42. Did not start dossard number 192 – Jenthe Biermans (Team Katusha Alpecin).
Matelica (11:50 – Start): Partly Cloudy 16°C. Wind: weak – 11kmh, SW.
Jesi (16:25 – Finish): Variable 14°C. Wind: moderate – 16kmh, N.
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 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott). Will be worn tomorrow by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team)
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)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 16 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 22 points are available for the points classification, and the final 5 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 6 – Matelica – Jesi 195km
The route is initially wavy but uncomplicated, then it levels out, calling for a sprint finish. The course runs from Matelica through Castelraimondo, San Severino Marche, Cingoli, Apiro, Moie and Morro d’Alba, all the way to Jesi, to cover three laps of a 12.6km circuit.
The final circuit, measuring 12.6km in length, is perfectly flat and runs between wide, well-paved city roads and the surrounding countryside (where the surface is worn out at points). The final 3km are raced entirely on urban roads, with a last bend 1,000m before the finish. The home straight is on 8.5m wide asphalt road with a mild uphill gradient.
The sporting history of Jesi is linked to fencing, in particular the foil. The city is represented by Olympic champions Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali (who, in 2012, became the Italian athlete with the highest number of Olympic gold medals) and Elisa Di Francisca, all pupils of the coach Ezio Triccoli to whom the local sports hall is dedicated.