Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 4) Foligno - Fossombrone

IT Italy, Saturday 16 March 2019
221 km

Alaphilippe gains ground in Tirreno-Adriatico

Alaphilippe gains ground in Tirreno-Adriatico

The Tirreno-Adriatico peloton faced a long and lumpy day on Saturday, 221 kilometers between Foligno, where Italian Champion Elia Viviani took his fourth win of the season just twenty-four hours earlier, and Fossombrone, a small town in the province of Pesaro and Urbino located not far from San Benedetto del Tronto, where the race is set to conclude next week.

The race exploded on the Monteguiduccio climb when Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) attacked and forced a selection before deciding to continue pushing alone at the front. Julian Alaphilippe was one of the first to respond and immediately began a chase, but with the others refusing to collaborate, the Kazakh forged a 50-second gap which he carried over the top of the penultimate ascent and into the last hill of the day.

Former Tirreno-Adriatico stage victor Zdenek Stybar gave a hand to his teammate and pulled the peloton before a series of acceleration on the savage 19% gradients of the Cappuccini decimated the field, leaving only three riders in pursuit of the sole leader, who got caught with 1400 meters left. The victor emerged from a four-up sprint, which Lutsenko won ahead of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the race’s overall leader.

Julian Alaphilippe came across the line 23 seconds later and sprinted to ninth place, a result which helped the stage 2 winner make a significant leap in the general classification, up to fourth place. The Frenchman, one of the most in-form riders of the season, will have another chance to make amends on Sunday, when the leg-sapping hills jammed in the final part of the stage to Recanati should lead to a flurry of attacks.

“It was one of the two tough and potentially decisive stages for the GC. We rode for Julian, who tried to follow when the three guys went up the road at the second ascent of the Cappuccini hill, but they were stronger and it’s no shame in that. The race is far from being over and we hope to get some more good results before drawing a line and moving our attention to Milano-Sanremo”, said sports director Wilfried Peeters.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
5:16:29
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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5 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
0:09
6 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
0:23
7 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
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9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Wout Poels
Team Sky
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40 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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61 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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90 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:55
144 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:55
149 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
15:53:42
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:07
3 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
0:50
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
5 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
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6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:06
7 Wout Poels
Team Sky
1:16
8 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:19
9 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
1:21
10 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
1:25
34 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:53
65 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:03
78 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:39
126 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:13
137 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
43:16
145 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:10
1 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
21 pt
2 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
17 pt
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
17 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
5 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
6 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
13 pt
7 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
8 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
10 pt
10 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
1 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
15:54:38
2 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:01
3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
1:15
4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
3:35
5 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
4:02
6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
13:02
7 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
13:39
8 Simone Velasco
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
14:15
9 Nathan Van Hooydonck
CCC Team
14:29
10 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:07
1 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
35 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
3 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
4 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
15 pt
5 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
6 Sebastian Schönberger
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
12 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
11 pt
8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
10 pt
9 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
10 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
9 pt
1 EF Education First 47:01:26
2 Trek - Segafredo 2:15
3 Lotto Soudal 4:53
4 Team Sunweb 5:49
5 Astana Pro Team 6:20
6 Movistar Team 9:48
7 Bahrain Merida 11:17
8 Mitchelton-Scott 11:52
9 UAE-Team Emirates 13:20
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 13:39

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