Overview

Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 3) Pomarance - Foligno

IT Italy, Friday 15 March 2019
226 km

Tirreno-Adriatico: Italian Champion Viviani wins in Foligno

Tirreno-Adriatico: Italian Champion Viviani wins in Foligno

Tirreno-Adriatico continued with the longest stage of this edition, a 226km-long journey from Pomarance to Foligno, where Elia Viviani made it two in a row for Deceuninck – Quick-Step after capitalising on Zdenek Stybar’s flawless piloting and putting in a perfectly-timed sprint which saw him blast clear of the other favourites and add another win to his impressive palmares, which now counts 71 pro victories, a record among active Italian riders.

“I am very happy with this win and continuing my good form. This victory is important in my build-up to Milano-Sanremo not only confidence-wise, but also because it came in Italy with the national champion jersey on my shoulders. Having it is an honour, that’s why I’m trying to enjoy every single moment and give something to cheer about to all the Italian fans who come to see me”, a smiling Elia said after bringing the home nation’s first win in four years at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Before it came down to this thrilling bunch sprint, one rider stood out from the peloton, second-year pro Kasper Asgreen, who rode a steady tempo at the head of the pack behind the six escapees from the start of the stage, peeling off the front only after reeling in the remnants of the breakaway on the outskirts of Foligno, the town where in 1472 Dante’s masterpiece “La Divina Commedia” was printed for the first time.

A technical finale, spiced up by two bends and a corner, made positioning paramount going into the last kilometer and Elia Viviani jumped on the wheel of Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) as he came out of the final corner and sped past his opponent at a maximum speed of 74.2km/h, pulling off his fourth victory of the season and the 17th of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, which tops both the team and wins classifications.

Viviani praised his teammates, who were once again prominent at the front and played an important role in his success as he became the first reigning Italian Champion in 15 years to score a stage win at the race: “The guys did a remarkable job and we remained calm at all times despite the break having a big advantage at one point. The tricky finish made things chaotic and Sagan came out first from the last bend, but I was in a good position thanks to Styby and had a powerful sprint, which helped me maintain my perfect start to the season, with victories in all the races I’ve started with Deceuninck – Quick-Step.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:26:45
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
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5 Jens Keukeleire
Lotto Soudal
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6 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
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7 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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8 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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9 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
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10 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
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18 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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27 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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49 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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155 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:50
1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10:37:19
2 Brent Bookwalter
Mitchelton-Scott
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3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:07
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
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5 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
0:22
6 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
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7 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
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8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:27
9 Wout Poels
Team Sky
0:47
10 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
Team Sky
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16 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
71 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:27
113 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:12
114 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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137 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:15
148 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:09
1 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
16 pt
2 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
14 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
5 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
10 pt
6 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
7 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
8 pt
8 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
9 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
7 pt
10 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
7 pt
1 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
10:37:26
2 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
0:15
3 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
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4 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
1:03
5 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:21
6 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha - Alpecin
1:31
7 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
1:45
8 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
3:01
9 Simone Velasco
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
3:37
10 Dorian Godon
AG2R La Mondiale
3:43
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20
1 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
3 Sebastian Schönberger
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
12 pt
4 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
10 pt
5 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
7 pt
6 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
7 Alexander Cataford
Israel Cycling Academy
4 pt
8 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
4 pt
9 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
3 pt
10 Markel Irizar Aranburu
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt

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