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Tirreno - Adriatico 2013

Date range:
March 6-12, 2013

March 08, Stage 3: Indicatore - Narni Scalo 190km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The sprinters can expect another chance today. Will we see a tradtional mass sprint, or a confused one like yesterday, or will the Classics riders sieze their chance?

  1. 14:29:28 CET

    Welcome back to Cyclingnews' coverage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Today's 190 kilometers from Indicatore to Narni Scala should prove interesting – and unfortunately the weather is proving equally “interesting.
     

  2. 14:31:00 CET

    We practically have a repeat of yesterday, both weather-wise and race-wise.  Today's break group features two names from yesterday, Cesare Benedetti (NetApp-Endura) and Garikoitz Bravo of Euskaltel. They have been joined today by Francesco Failli of Vini Fantini, and quickly built up a huge lead. The trio now has 7:45 on the field, with 70 km to go.

    The weather is, if anything, worse than yesterday.  Where's the “Don't Like” button?

     

  3. 14:35:00 CET

    There is one ranked climb today, which could be a nasty one. The km 120,1 Todi  comes at km 120.1, and has a 1.5km climb with an average gradient of 12,2% , but going up to 20%.  Still it is far enough away from the finish that it shouldn't have an effect.
     

  4. 14:36:45 CET

    We are happy to say that it is not raining at the finish and the road is drying out. Great news!

  5. 14:39:25 CET

    One rider was not at the start today, Bram Tankink of Blanco, and Lampre-Merida's Simone Stortini abandoned early on.

  6. 14:42:56 CET

    It was Benedetti who was the first to get away, the other two came up to join him.

  7. 71km remaining from 190km

    14:45:04 CET

    And Benedetti again:  he is now alone in the front as he starts up the day's climb. Let's see if we can find out where the other two are.

  8. 14:46:34 CET

    Our Steve Farrand is on the scene, and tells us that Benedetti has 12 seconds on the other two. He is apparently determined to get the mountain jersey which he was denied yesterday.

  9. 14:47:24 CET

    He does indeed hit the top first and get the points, and thus the KOM jersey.

  10. 68km remaining from 190km

    14:51:52 CET

    • Climb

    The gap has come down to just over 4 minutes. But the peloton is struggling up the climb, which is really a rather nasty one.

  11. 14:52:53 CET

    Failli has now caught Benedetti, so there are two in front.

  12. 14:55:00 CET

    There are a number of comparisons of today's stage to a Classic. It starts out flat, and then turns rolling. As we said there is only one ranked climb, but the whole second half is anything but flat. Will it be too much for the Cavendishes and Greipels? Or does this stage have Peter Sagan's name written all over it?
     

  13. 66km remaining from 190km

    14:56:46 CET

    The gap continues to tumble and is now at 3:15.

  14. 14:59:00 CET

    John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano had expected to be right up there in the sprint yesterday, but it didn't work out. On his website, he said, “I have never ridden in a race where it rained so heavily as today.  It was really unbelievable.”

    As to the sprint:  “In the finale we just couldn't find each other and so couldn't come to the front. If I had been in the first ten, I would have sprinted. But this way it was pointlesss.”

     

  15. 14:59:58 CET

    We just had not quite a crash. A RadioShack rider, we think it is Andy Schleck, had some problems with his bike. That created a small backup within the field.He is going again and moving back to the field.

  16. 15:01:38 CET

    The good news is that the rain looks to have let up, if not stopped.

  17. 15:04:10 CET

    The top ten in GC is still firmly in the hands of Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Movistar.

    1     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     6:08:02      
    2     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:00:02      
    3     Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:00:03      
    4     Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step            
    5     Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step            
    6     Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team     0:00:14      
    7     Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team            
    8     Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team            
    9     Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team            
    10     Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    

  18. 15:04:52 CET

    Bravo (what a great name!), who was in the break group, is now back in the peloton.

  19. 15:05:49 CET

    Well, bummer, now we hear that we can expect rain at the finish.

  20. 15:09:11 CET

    Goss leads the points ranking.

    1     Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge     12     pts
    2     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     11      
    3     Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale     10      
    4     Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka     8      
    5     Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida     7      
    6     Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling     5      
    7     Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     5      
    8     Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ     5      
    9     André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol     4      
    10     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     3      

     

  21. 15:11:56 CET

    Only four riders have points in the mountain ranking. As you can see Bravo and Benedetti were tied on points, and Benedetti has picked up today's top points, so he wil be on top tomorrow.

    1     Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     8     pts
    2     Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura     8      
    3     Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia     4      
    4     Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     2     

  22. 15:14:54 CET

    Best young rider is still Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS.

    1     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     6:08:04      
    2     Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team     0:00:12      
    3     Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team     0:00:17      
    4     Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling     0:00:20      
    5     Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling            
    6     Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling     0:00:26      
    7     Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling            
    8     Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida     0:00:36      
    9     Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida            
    10     Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard     0:00:37      
     

  23. 56.9km remaining from 190km

    15:16:46 CET

    The gap has fallen to under two minutes, and is at 1:42.

  24. 15:19:50 CET

    Hard to believe, but that was Matt Goss' first win since last year's Giro d'Italia.  Was he happy? You bet.

  25. 15:22:03 CET

    Sadly we see a few raindrops again.

  26. 15:25:58 CET

    Feilli is trying to stuff his rain cape in his back pocket, and having a hard time of it. So Benedetti reaches over and takes care of it for him.  A nice show of good sportsmanship!

  27. 15:31:37 CET

    Goss may have been happy, but Cavendish most certainly was not. And he planned to let his teammates know about it.

  28. 50km remaining from 190km

    15:32:43 CET

    With 50 km to go, Benedetti and Failli have just over a minute. The field doesn't want to catch then too soon.....

  29. 15:33:40 CET

    The peloton has picked up the speed, as they now are strung out rather than packed together.

  30. 15:37:07 CET

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) also didn't figure in the win yesterday, and he said that the rain and cold made his legs go “boom”.

  31. 15:42:03 CET

    Interestingly, Argos-Shimano is maintaining a presence at the front of the field.

  32. 42km remaining from 190km

    15:44:25 CET

    The gap has been between the 57 second and 1:14 marks for about 15km now. As I said earlier, the field doesn't want to catch them too son.

  33. 15:46:15 CET

    Fabian Cancellara of RadioShack has dropped back amongst the team cars.

  34. 15:48:09 CET

    Paris-Nice is coming to a close. We will excuse you if want to pop over to our live report there for a few minutes.

  35. 15:50:36 CET

    We have been told that we have another abandon, Nick Nuyens of Garmin-Sharp. He was the last in GC.

  36. 15:52:56 CET

    Nuyens suffered a fractured hip in a crash in this race last year, and it was discovered in September that the bones hadn't grown back together. He is not at all optimistic about his chances for this year.

  37. 38km remaining from 190km

    15:54:11 CET

    The gap is slightly higher again, at 1:25.

  38. 15:58:45 CET

    And the gap is now crawling up to 1:50, with less than 35 km to go. Perhaps they field will let these two tired riders stay away to the end?

  39. 16:01:18 CET

    It is dry where the riders are now, but it is raining at the finish.

    Meanwhile, OPQS wakes up and picks up the tempo.

  40. 16:03:10 CET

    Benedetti and Failli are in the rain now.

  41. 16:05:46 CET

    OPQS really pulling hard now and the pace has finally picked up dramatically. The gap is dropping at last.

  42. 16:12:01 CET

    Who do we expect in the thick of things at the finish today?  Cavendish and Greipel will surely want to make up for yesterday. But it looks like it might be something more for riders like Sagan or Degenkolb or Ciolek.

  43. 24km remaining from 190km

    16:15:12 CET

    24 km to go and a gap of 50 seconds.

  44. 16:16:39 CET

    Failli take the points at the intermediate sprint.

  45. 20.7km remaining from 190km

    16:20:53 CET

    That was it for Benedetti and Failli. They have been caught, with Cannondale leading the way.

  46. 16:22:10 CET

    The Paris-Nice stage is finished. You can check out the results here.

  47. 16:23:42 CET

    It doesn't appear to be raining at the moment but of course the road is wet.

    Cannondale is really pushing the pace on this rolling course, hoping to drop the pure sprinters. And of course thereby to set things up for Peter Sagan.

  48. 17km remaining from 190km

    16:26:13 CET

    • Crash

    A Sky rider takes off, it is Rigoberto Uran. He has been joined by another rider.+

    Meanwhile, we have a crash, with four riders down. We can identify Henderson of Lotto.

  49. 16:29:58 CET

    Flecha has attacked! Cancellara gives chase. It is a bit hard to know who is where at the moment.

  50. 12km remaining from 190km

    16:31:00 CET

    A Blanco rider has passed Flecha and taken ove the lead. The field is spread out single file on these wet roads.

  51. 16:32:29 CET

    The Blanco rider is Lars Boom. He has a nice lead over a largish group.

  52. 16:34:00 CET

    Boom has no water bottles. But if he is thirsty, he just needs to open his mouth and catch some rain.

  53. 16:34:57 CET

    Orica-GreenEdge leads the chase, as Boom disappears into the second tunnel and then passes under the flamme rouge.

  54. 16:35:54 CET

    Boom hits the finish line, wih the field only seconds behind him. They will now all set off on a 7.6km circuit course.

  55. 16:36:29 CET

    Boom is still ahead but keeps looking back as if to say, Come on already!

  56. 16:36:50 CET

    He is caught.

  57. 5.6km remaining from 190km

    16:39:11 CET

    Cavendish is behind his team, in good position, with Saxo-Tinkoff now moving up.

  58. 16:40:24 CET

    With 4.5 km to go, a Vini Farini rider takes off, Matteo Rabotini.

  59. 16:42:46 CET

    Ww hear that South African champ Jay Thomson of MTN-Qjubeka crashed badly on the last descent. Hope he is ok.

  60. 16:43:39 CET

    Sergey Lagutin of Vacansoleil is the next to attack, with 2 km to go.The earlier escapee has been been caught.

  61. 16:44:18 CET

    Very dangerous here, wet roads, descents, and curves.

  62. 16:44:30 CET

    Flamme rouge!

  63. 16:44:48 CET

    Lagutin still ahead -- will they catch him?

  64. 16:45:06 CET

    Yes. The sprinters go for it.

  65. 16:45:28 CET

    All big names there with Ciolek , Sagan, Greipel......

  66. 16:45:45 CET

    And it is indeed Peter Sagan who takes it, ahead of Greipel.

  67. 16:46:53 CET

    Second may have been Cavendish, with Greipel third and Ciolek fourth.

  68. 16:47:52 CET

    That was indeed the top four, and Goss took fifth.

  69. 16:49:49 CET

    The top ten on the stage:

    1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    2    Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    3    André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
    4    Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka
    5    Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    6    Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    7    Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
    8    Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
    9    Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    10    Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano

  70. 16:53:16 CET

    Cavendish will keep the race lead, but we don't have the rest of the GC yet.

  71. 17:00:10 CET

    Sorry, we won't bring you the top ten GC here today but of course we will have it up on the site as soon as we can.

    Join us again tomorrow for some serious climbing -- and hopefully some better weather!