Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 8) San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto

IT Italy, Monday 14 September 2020
10.1 km

Tirreno-Adriatico: Masnada and Knox finish Tirreno-Adriatico in the top 10

Tirreno-Adriatico: Masnada and Knox finish Tirreno-Adriatico in the top 10

Fausto Masnada scored his best result in three years at World Tour level, which was made more impressive by the fact that it came at his very first outing in a stage race for Deceuninck – Quick-Step since joining the team one month ago. The 26-year-old Italian was one of the main animators at the 55th Tirreno-Adriatico, confirming his climbing skills and showcasing his offensive nature every time an opportunity presented itself.

Runner-up in Cascia, where a late attack caught all the GC favourites off-guard, Fausto made his way into the top 10 after that gutsy ride and continued to build on that result in Sarnano-Sassotetto and Loreto, aware that each second was important ahead of the San Benedetto del Tronto individual time trial. There, despite a stiff headwind, he emptied the tank as he averaged 51km/h over 10 flat kilometers, a solid display which help him conclude the event in sixth place overall as the best Italian rider in the race.

“The race was very hard, but I tried to do my best, and at the end of the week I can be happy and proud with my result. I had good legs and feel I can still improve, which is encouraging. This result is important also because it boosts my chances of being selected for the team that Italy will line up at the World Championships in Imola”, a delighted Fausto explained.

Equally impressive throughout the race was James Knox, the 24-year-old who rode his fourth stage race since the season resumed in August. After getting back into rhythm and working for the team at the Tour de Pologne, Critérium du Dauphiné and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, James had a free role at the “Race of the Two Seas” and didn’t disappoint. Ninth in Cascia – where he played a key role in Fausto’s second place – and sixth on the mountain top finish of Sarnano-Sassotetto, doubled by a time trial where he punched above his weight, helped the young Brit secure a remarkable seventh place, just 23 seconds behind his teammate.

For Knox, who is in his third pro season, this was the best result in a World Tour stage race, after previously cracking the top 10 overall at the UAE Tour and Tour de Pologne, last year: “It’s been a very good week for me and the team, we showed that we are on a good level and we can be satisfied with that. This is my best result of the season and I am really happy with it. Seventh overall in a very hard and demanding World Tour stage race is a great step forward for me, I showed consistency, I showed that I am improving in the time trial and had some good days on the climbs. It’s been a solid block of racing in Italy for me in these past couple of weeks and I hope for the best for what’s to come.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
10:42
2 Victor Campenaerts
NTT Pro Cycling
0:18
3 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:28
5 Tobias Ludvigsson
Groupama - FDJ
0:33
6 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:34
7 Jos van Emden
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:39
8 Nathan Van Hooydonck
CCC Team
0:40
9 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:42
29 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04
40 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
48 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:11
62 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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149 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:38
1 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
32:07:34
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:17
3 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:29
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:56
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
0:58
6 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:18
7 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:41
8 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
2:12
9 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
3:02
10 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
3:10
79 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
55:08
81 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56:13
99 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08:32
120 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:24:39
131 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:31:21
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
34 pt
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
27 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
26 pt
5 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
24 pt
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
22 pt
7 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
8 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
18 pt
9 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
14 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
22 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
32:08:32
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:43
3 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
2:13
4 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
2:47
5 Denis Nekrasov
Gazprom - RusVelo
7:30
6 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
8:22
7 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
13:33
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
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9 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
13:43
10 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
14:22
1 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
31 pt
2 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
25 pt
3 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
20 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
15 pt
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
15 pt
6 Mathias Frank
AG2R La Mondiale
14 pt
7 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
13 pt
8 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
13 pt
9 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
10 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
11 pt
25 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
26 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
30 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Team Sunweb 96:29:59
2 Astana Pro Team 0:46
3 EF Pro Cycling 8:44
4 Mitchelton-Scott 10:44
5 AG2R La Mondiale 16:15
6 BORA - hansgrohe 21:55
7 Trek - Segafredo 23:29
8 CCC Team 27:15
9 Groupama - FDJ 29:06
10 INEOS Grenadiers 33:50

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