The winning breakaway of Mads Würtz Schmidt. Tadej Pogačar will ride the final individual time trial in the Maglia Azzurra
The second fastest mass start stage in the history of The Race of the Two Seas (45.645km/h) was concluded by a winning breakaway. Simone Velasco (Gazprom Rusvelo), Jan Bakelants (Intermarché Wanty Gobert), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) and Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo) managed to go clear after the first 30km were contested at 55km/h. With 100km to go, they reached a maximum advantage of 6 minutes. On the final laps around Lido di Fermo, the peloton realized they wouldn’t bridge the gap. Würtz Schmidt then outclassed Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal) and Simone Velasco (Gazprom Rusvelo) in the 5-man group to take the victory after Liepins got dropped. Tadej Pogačar retained the Maglia Azzurra with an advantage of 1’15’’ over Wout van Aert.
Tomorrow, the individual time trial – the last stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico Eolo – will take place in San Benedetto del Tronto.
The first rider to start in the ITT will be Attilio Viviani (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) at 13:00, the last will be the Maglia Azzurra Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) at 15:58.
1 – Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation), 169km in 3h42’09”, average speed 45.645kph
2 – Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
3 – Simone Velasco (Gazprom Rusvelo) s.t.
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) at 1’15”
3 – Mikel Landa (Bahrain – Victorious) at 3’00”