Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 3) Monticiano - Gualdo Tadino

IT Italy Friday 12 March 2021 219 km

Tirreno-Adriatico: Ballerini sprints to top 3 finish in Gualdo Tadino

Tirreno-Adriatico: Ballerini sprints to top 3 finish in Gualdo Tadino

One day after tasting victory in Chiusdino, where Julian Alaphilippe seized the moment, Deceuninck – Quick-Step were once again in the spotlight, this time on the longest stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Labelled by the organisers as being a perfect opportunity for sprinters, the stage was in fact more complicated, with the rolling terrain in the first 100 kilometers playing into the favour of the breakaway, who at one point enjoyed a whooping nine-minute lead.

Sensing the danger, our team sent Kasper Asgreen, Alvaro Hodeg and Bert Van Lerberghe to take over the reins, and the three did another fine job, slicing the gap to just five minutes in the space of 20 kilometers. Once other teams decided to chip in, it became clear the escapees would be brought back, but they continued to put in a stern display, getting caught only three kilometers from home.

Zdenek Stybar emerged at the head of the peloton, with Julian Alaphilippe on his wheel, who was working for Davide Ballerini. The World Champion slowed down on purpose with 800 meters to go, allowing the former Czech national champion to pull clear and put around 30 meters between him and the group. That prompted a move from other riders, who chased down Zdenek, reeling him in inside the last 500 meters.

Then Alaphilippe upped the tempo and launched Ballerini, and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner produced another solid sprint that netted him his fifth podium of the season, behind Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). Alaphilippe remained on the overall podium of the race, while João Almeida moved up a place in the GC and now sits seventh before the Prati di Tivo summit finish.

“It was an intense finale and I was on the wheel of Julian when he let a gap open and Styby tried his chance. Unfortunately, the others reacted, so we focused again on the sprint, but just as we came out of the last corner another rider came in front of us as we were preparing to accelerate and we were forced to break. Despite this, I could still get a top 3 finish, which is a good result given the conditions. The race has four more stages and we’ll continue to try to be up there and get some more good results”, Davide said in Gualdo Tadino.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
5:24:18
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:00
5 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
6 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
0:00
7 Iván García Cortina
Movistar Team
0:00
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
9 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
0:00
10 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
15 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
18 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
34 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
124 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:33
127 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:33
162 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:50
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
14:01:47
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:04
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
4 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:19
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:20
6 Robert Stannard
Team BikeExchange
0:20
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:20
9 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
0:20
10 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:20
38 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02
54 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:53
108 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:51
138 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:54
163 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:11
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
22 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
4 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
6 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
7 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
7 pt
9 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
10 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
17 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
20 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 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 Davide Bais
EOLO-Kometa
5 pt
7 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
3 pt
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3 pt
9 Mark Padun
Bahrain - Victorious
3 pt
10 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
11 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
14:02:07
2 Robert Stannard
Team BikeExchange
0:00
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:00
5 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:11
6 Alejandro Ropero Molina
EOLO-Kometa
0:11
7 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
0:11
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:17
9 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
10 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1:08
29 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:51
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 42:06:21
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:20
3 Astana - Premier Tech 0:52
4 AG2R Citroën Team 0:56
5 INEOS Grenadiers 0:57
6 Movistar Team 1:15
7 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 1:29
8 Trek - Segafredo 1:49
9 Team DSM 2:22
10 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:45

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