Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 6) Matelica - Jesi

IT Italy, Monday 18 March 2019
195 km

Alaphilippe stuns the sprinters in Tirreno-Adriatico

Alaphilippe stuns the sprinters in Tirreno-Adriatico

Inside 300 meters to go in Jesi, a small town located not far from the coast of the Adriatic, where the race will conclude on Tuesday. A slightly uphill finish which shouldn’t really put any problems to the sprinters. And Max Richeze doing one of his legendary lead-outs and placing his leader in a prime position with 150 meters left. But coming off his wheel isn’t Italian Champion and stage 3 victor Elia Viviani, but Julian Alaphilippe, who measures his sprint perfectly, takes everyone by surprise and surges to his sixth victory of the year.

That was the main story of 195km-long Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6, which Deceuninck – Quick-Step controlled with Kasper Asgreen and Belgian Champion Yves Lampaert, the latter taking over the reins at the head of the bunch some 20 kilometers from the finish, on the second lap of the Jesi circuit, thus making sure the remnants of the original seven-man breakaway would be brought to heel before the sprinters’ big showdown.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step was all over the front of the pack, dominating the closing kilometres, and it was on the drag to the finish that as soon as Michael Mørkøv peeled off the front, Max Richeze’s brilliant lead-out helped Julian Alaphilippe pull out a small gap on the others and hit the front with 150 meters left, from where the livewire Frenchman put in a huge turn of pace and delivered the team’s 18th victory of the season.

“Wow, it’s such a perfect Tirreno-Adriatico for us. It’s been a successful week for Deceuninck – Quick-Step here in Italy and I am glad I could finish off the squad’s amazing work today. Kasper, Yves Max, everybody contributed to the pace and did a magnificent job on this stage, and for that I am extremely grateful”, said the first Frenchman in three decades to have won a brace of stages at a single Tirreno-Adriatico edition.

Joining 26-year-old Julian on the podium was Elia Viviani, who finished third in Jesi and continued his impressive start to the season, while the experienced Richeze concluded in sixth position, further underlining the team’s dominance in the stage 6 final.

“During the stage, Elia told me it was going to be a hard sprint and that he didn’t feel that good, so I was free to try and go for it. Everybody was tired today, you could see that in the bunch. I told him that we will see, then in the last kilometer I found myself on Max’s wheel and as soon as he dropped me in the front, I went full gas and that was it. I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am of my team, whom I want to thank, because this is also their victory.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:42:11
2 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
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3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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5 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Jens Keukeleire
Lotto Soudal
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8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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9 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
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10 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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61 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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65 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:50
110 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
25:15:59
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:25
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:35
4 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
1:55
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:24
6 Wout Poels
Team Sky
2:39
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
2:46
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
2:58
9 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
3:03
10 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
3:26
37 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:58
60 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:41
63 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:54
122 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05:45
130 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08:44
136 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09:58
1 Mirco Maestri
Bardiani - CSF
31 pt
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
27 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26 pt
4 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
5 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
6 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
17 pt
8 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
9 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
15 pt
10 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education First
13 pt
25 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
25:18:57
2 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
0:37
3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
2:13
4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
4:43
5 Simone Velasco
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
15:36
6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
16:05
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
24:45
8 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
25:57
9 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
27:32
10 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:43
1 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
35 pt
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
34 pt
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
25 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
5 Davide Gabburo
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
20 pt
6 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
8 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
14 pt
9 Sebastian Schönberger
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
12 pt
10 Giovanni Visconti
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
10 pt
1 EF Education First 75:16:44
2 Trek - Segafredo 1:29
3 Team Sunweb 5:34
4 Lotto Soudal 8:36
5 Astana Pro Team 12:02
6 Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM 16:09
7 Movistar Team 17:59
8 Bahrain Merida 22:32
9 CCC Team 23:05
10 Team Jumbo-Visma 25:08

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