Tirreno-Adriatico: The rainbow jersey shines in Italy

Tirreno-Adriatico: The rainbow jersey shines in Italy

Thursday 11 March 2021 - 18:44
Tirreno-Adriatico: The rainbow jersey shines in Italy

Tirreno-Adriatico: The rainbow jersey shines in Italy

Thursday 11 March 2021 - 18:44

Julian Alaphilippe outsprints a stellar field in an electric finale to take first victory of the year.

UCI World Champion Julian Alaphilippe blasted to his maiden victory of the season after delivering a perfectly-timed attack in the closing 200 meters of Thursday’s stage to Chiusdino which saw him become the French rider with the most stage wins at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step delivered a tactical masterclass on stage 2 of the race, sending Giro d’Italia revelation João Almeida on the attack with over 25 kilometers to go, a move which ended up giving more trouble to the peloton then they had expected, after the Portuguese was joined by three other men. Going into the last ten kilometers, their gap stood at 40 seconds, forcing the bunch chase hard in order to shut down that move on the Chiusdino climb.

With two kilometers to go, the chasers could see the leaders, but Almeida continued to make it hard for the bunch, getting out of the saddle and dropping his companions. The 22-year-old gritted his teeth as he rode under the flamme rouge, but the margin began to come down rapidly. Sensing this was the perfect moment to go, Julian Alaphilippe – who up until that point sat on the wheel of Kasper Asgreen and Zdenek Stybar – punched clear 200 meters from the line and held off both Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) as he celebrated his second win in the iconic rainbow jersey.

“We were in a perfect position with João at the front, which allowed me to stay focused on keeping my position. When it became clear he would get caught after Thomas’ forcing, I went and gave everything, full gas until the line. This first victory of the season is a relief for me. It’s never easy to win in the rainbow jersey and to do it at this race feels amazing”, said Julian, whose first success of the season came in the country where he conquered the rainbow stripes last September.

Alaphilippe, who became the fifth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to put his name on the winners’ list this year, was full of praise for his teammates: “I couldn’t have done it without them, so a big thanks goes to the guys. Kasper and Zdenek took care of me on the climb, while João’s attack made it easier for us in the final. The day was a hard one, but the team did an incredible job and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, especially as it came in the same country where I won this beautiful jersey.”

“In the final part of the stage there were many attacks and we decided to join in, knowing it would put the team in a better position for the last climb. With two kilometers to go I dropped the others, but I knew my chances were slim, with only a few seconds separating me from the bunch. At 300 meters to go, the peloton was closing in at a different speed, so it was over for me. I am glad Julian took the victory, because if he wouldn’t have attacked at the right moment, then another rider would have won. It was a perfect day for us and this gives us more confidence for the next stages”, Almeida added after concluding the day in seventh place, thus making his way into the top 10 overall.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01:32
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
6 Robert Stannard
Team BikeExchange
0:00
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
8 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:00
10 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
35 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:42
125 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:35
137 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:01
145 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:01
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
8:37:35
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:08
4 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:13
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:14
7 Robert Stannard
Team BikeExchange
0:14
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:14
9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:14
10 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:14
35 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:14
55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
123 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:49
134 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:15
140 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:15
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
10 pt
4 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
7 pt
8 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
9 Luka Mezgec
Team BikeExchange
6 pt
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
5 pt
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
15 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
18 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Vincenzo Albanese
EOLO-Kometa
13 pt
2 Jan Bakelants
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
11 pt
3 Simone Velasco
Gazprom - RusVelo
6 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
5 pt
6 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
3 pt
7 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3 pt
8 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
10 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
8:37:46
2 Robert Stannard
Team BikeExchange
0:03
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:03
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:03
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
7 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
0:03
8 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
0:03
9 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:14
10 Alejandro Ropero Molina
EOLO-Kometa
0:14
25 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:04
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 25:53:27
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:00
3 Astana - Premier Tech 0:00
4 BORA - hansgrohe 0:00
5 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 0:00
6 AG2R Citroën Team 0:16
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:42
8 Movistar Team 1:15
9 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:53
10 Team DSM 1:56

Top results

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01:32
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
See all race results

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