Tirreno-Adriatico 2019

March 13-19, Lido di Camaiore, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Ostanek

Hello and welcome to stage 2 of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico. Today's stage is the first road stage of the race and runs 195km from Camaiore to the uphill finish at Pomarance.

 

  1. 10:23:47 GMT

    We're around ten minutes from the start of today's stage. At nearly 200km it's a long one but is only the third-longest of the race, with two stages measuring in at over 220km coming up in the next two days.

     

    It may be the first road stage, but it's not one for the sprinters. The irregular 6.8km final climb should see to that. Two other classified climbs and two intermediate sprint points come earlier the stage, but still packed into the second half of the day.

  2. 10:25:21 GMT

    Here's an early look at today's finale. The climb is tough in places, but a 3km flat section slap-bang in the middle should mean that we'll see a fairly large group contest the closing stages.

     

     

  3. 10:33:33 GMT

    The riders will be heading off now. From the off there's a hill to navigate (4.6km at 3.5%) before around 80km of flat roads.

     

  4. 10:41:53 GMT

    Yesterday's opening team time trial saw Mitchelton-Scott take the victory, beating Jumbo-Visma and Team Sunweb by 7 and 22 seconds respectively. 

     

    Michael Hepburn wears the leader's blue jersey today, while his teammate Adam Yates is in the driving seat as far as the overall GC push goes. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) are the other big names on the top three teams from yesterday.

     

  5. 10:46:38 GMT

    The opening TTT in Lido di Camaiore was overshadowed by a crash involving Bora-Hansgrohe, with Rafał Majka and Oscar Gatto both hitting the deck after a pedestrian crossed the road in front of them.

     

    Both riders were fine to take the start today, while the pedestrian is reportedly not in a life-threatening condition.

     

    The German team went on to finish 20th on the stage, losing just under 2 minutes to Mitchelton-Scott. Majka and Gatto, meanwhile, lie over 5 minutes down on GC after the crash.

     

  6. 179km remaining from 189km

    10:55:17 GMT

    After a 10km a group has broken away and are 4 minutes up the road.

     

  7. 10:57:59 GMT

    According to Velon's live tracking, the break is Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia).

     

    That's not an official confirmation though, so we'll update as we get it.

     

  8. 169km remaining from 189km

    11:04:47 GMT

    Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) is also in the breakaway.

     

  9. 165km remaining from 189km

    11:17:03 GMT

    The riders on a pan flat section of the stage right now. They've bypassed the hills around Lucca – a popular pro base – and are heading south towards Pisa and Livorno, before continuing south to the hills.

     

  10. 11:19:01 GMT

    Around 3 minutes separate the break and the peloton now.

     

  11. 156km remaining from 189km

    11:24:18 GMT

    Now the gap is out to 3:45.

     

  12. 11:32:26 GMT

    Deceuninck-Quick Step are known for their Twitter trivia during races, and they're taking advantage of this quiet period of the stage to dole out some Pisa facts.

     

    The peloton will soon be in Pisa - a city renowned for its rich history and architectural treasures - which has featured several times on the Giro d'Italia. At its debut, in 1925, Pietro Bestetti took a surprise win ahead of Alfredo Binda and Costante Girardengo.

     

  13. 145km remaining from 189km

    11:42:02 GMT

    More than 50km of the race has gone and the peloton are 4 minutes back on the break.

     

  14. 11:57:48 GMT

    While today's stage isn't one for the sprinters, there are a couple coming up – tomorrow and on Monday's stage 6.

     

    All the more bizarre then, that Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) is out of the race already. He missed the time cut during yesterday's team time trial. Read the full story here.

     

  15. 12:10:26 GMT

    Trek-Segafredo's veteran Markel Irizar is in the breakaway today. He is due to retire later this season after 16 years as a professional. We spoke to him about building a lengthy career as a domestique, and much more.

     

  16. 125km remaining from 189km

    12:20:34 GMT

    After just over 60km of racing, the gap is still stable at around 3:45.

     

  17. 12:34:47 GMT

    The break is reaching the end of the flat section now. It won't be too long until they're on the first climb of the day, the Castellina Marittima (3.9km at 4.9%). 

     

  18. 104km remaining from 189km

    12:44:25 GMT

    And now the break is on the lower slopes of the climb. The gap is still holding steady.

     

  19. 96km remaining from 189km

    12:58:34 GMT

    Under 100km to the finish now and the break is still heading uphill.

     

  20. 13:15:33 GMT

    Berhane led the way over the climb. Schönberger, Bresciani and Irizar were next over the line.

     

  21. 80km remaining from 189km

    13:26:51 GMT

    Still just over 4 minutes for the break at the moment.

     

  22. 13:34:32 GMT

    The peloton is currently being led by Mitchelton-Scott. They've just gone through the feed zone.

     

  23. 65km remaining from 189km

    13:45:26 GMT

    As the break approaches the first sprint of the day at Canneto, the gap remains the same.

     

  24. 59km remaining from 189km

    13:56:00 GMT

    Jumbo-Visma are also at the front of the peloton with Mitchelton-Scott now. Otherwise very little is changing on the road.

     

  25. 14:06:28 GMT

    Maestri took the intermediate sprint. He led Schönberger, Kurianov and Irizar over the line.

     

  26. 50km remaining from 189km

    14:15:33 GMT

    Team Sunweb have also moved up towards the front of the peloton. Mitchelton-Scott are still taking on the bulk of the work, however. The five men up front are still all together. They're approaching the top of the next climb at Serrazzano now.

     

  27. 47km remaining from 189km

    14:19:17 GMT

    Berhane wins the sprint for the points at the top of the climb. He beats Schönberger to the line and will wear the jersey of the mountain classification leader tomorrow.

     

  28. 14:20:17 GMT

    Irizar and Maestri were third and fourth on the climb.

     

  29. 14:25:50 GMT

    Approaching the final 40km of the day and still the gap is hovering at around the 3:45 mark. Still Mitchelton-Scott working largely alone up front.

     

  30. 39km remaining from 189km

    14:30:02 GMT

    Eduard Prades (Movistar) goes down in the peloton after a touch of wheels. He's quickly back up on his bike though. Nobody else hit the deck.

     

  31. 14:30:26 GMT

    A bit of a cut on the right wrist and shoulder for Prades.

     

  32. 36km remaining from 189km

    14:33:44 GMT

    The break fight over the intermediate sprint. Schönberger led the way with Maestri taking over and just edging out the Neri Sottoli man. Kurianov took third.

     

    Maestri will be leading that classification tomorrow. Schönberger is the runner-up in both the mountain and intermediate sprint classification today.

     

  33. 30km remaining from 189km

    14:41:02 GMT

    The gap is down to three minutes now. The break is back together after the sprint. Meanwhile, Sky have joined in the fun at the head of the peloton.

     

  34. 14:49:50 GMT

    Gianni Moscon (Sky) has abandoned the race. More as we get it. Possibly an illness?

     

  35. 23km remaining from 189km

    14:50:34 GMT

    Under two minutes now for the break. Peter Sagan drops back from the peloton with a technical.

     

  36. 20km remaining from 189km

    14:53:46 GMT

    Deceuninck-Quick Step are putting the pressure on at the front of the peloton, lining it out. 

     

  37. 14:56:39 GMT

    Quick Step have Julian Alaphiliippe as their main option today.

     

  38. 16km remaining from 189km

    15:00:14 GMT

    The break will soon be brought back now. The gap has quickly evaporated.

     

  39. 15:01:54 GMT

    A reminder of the final kilometres.

     

     

  40. 15:02:49 GMT

    Just ten seconds for the break now.

     

  41. 13km remaining from 189km

    15:03:22 GMT

    And the break is caught.

     

  42. 15:04:40 GMT

    Sagan drops off the back of the peloton. So that's him and Moscon out of contention for the win. Rafał Majka, who crashed yesterday, is with his teammate.

     

  43. 11km remaining from 189km

    15:06:34 GMT

    CCC and Mitchelton are up front now. Several riders from other teams are mixed in up there too.

     

  44. 10km remaining from 189km

    15:07:31 GMT

    2km until the start of the climb – and the double-digit gradients at the bottom.

     

  45. 8km remaining from 189km

    15:09:37 GMT

    Mitchelton lead it into the climb.

     

  46. 15:11:12 GMT

    The first 500 metres topped out at 16% and now the peloton are back on the flat for a kilometre. Then it kicks back up for 2km before easing off for 3km and rearing back up again for the final 2.5km.

     

  47. 6.5km remaining from 189km

    15:12:52 GMT

    Mitchelton, Astana and CCC are on the front. No attacks as of yet.

     

  48. 6km remaining from 189km

    15:13:46 GMT

    Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe) launches off the front. No reaction from the peloton yet.

     

  49. 15:14:43 GMT

    They're heading uphill again now, though the gradient isn't too taxing.

     

  50. 5km remaining from 189km

    15:15:31 GMT

    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) is dropped.

     

  51. 15:16:03 GMT

    Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is second wheel. We're pretty much waiting for his attack now.

     

  52. 4.5km remaining from 189km

    15:16:25 GMT

    Oss was caught and has been spat out the back.

     

  53. 15:17:31 GMT

    Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) briefly tries to get away but the Mitchelton-Scott pace is too high. He slots in at the head of the peloton.

     

    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) counters with teammate Alexey Lutsenko on his wheel.

     

  54. 3km remaining from 189km

    15:17:50 GMT

    Eight men have broken away from the peloton now.

     

  55. 15:18:23 GMT

    Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) has gone on the attack!

     

  56. 2.5km remaining from 189km

    15:18:51 GMT

    Lutsenko leads the chase with Simon Clarke (EF Education First) on his wheel.

     

  57. 15:19:08 GMT

    Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is attempting to make it across too.

     

  58. 2km remaining from 189km

    15:19:54 GMT

    No it's Clarke, Dumoulin, Lutsenko and Roglič up front. Zdeněk Štybar (Deceuninck-Quick Step) joins them.

     

    Five out front.

     

  59. 1.5km remaining from 189km

    15:20:21 GMT

    The five are brought back by the remains of the peloton now.

     

  60. 15:20:42 GMT

    Roglič is still trying to power it forward.

     

  61. 1km remaining from 189km

    15:21:05 GMT

    He and Lutsenko have got a small gap, while Alaphilippe joins them.

     

  62. 15:21:22 GMT

    Once again the leaders are brought back. 800 metres to go.

     

  63. 0.5km remaining from 189km

    15:21:51 GMT

    An elite group forms once again.

     

  64. 15:22:16 GMT

    It looks like Alaphilippe or Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) are odds-on to win this.

     

  65. 15:22:35 GMT

    Alaphilippe launches the sprint from second wheel. Van Avermaet reacts!

     

  66. 15:23:03 GMT

    The Dutchman can't get past Alaphilippe on the run to the line. Another win for the Quick Step man!

     

  67. 15:23:32 GMT

    Simon Clarke (EF Education First) took third.

     

  68. 15:24:30 GMT

    Fifth win of the season for Alaphilippe. Six if you count the points classification at Colombia 2.1.

     

  69. 15:25:15 GMT

    At the weekend he won Strade Bianche, while he also has two stages at the Vuelta a San Juan and one at Colombia 2.1 to his name in 2019.

     

  70. 15:27:17 GMT

    It was Alberto Bettiol, not Simon Clarke, in third. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) were fourth and fifth.

     

  71. 15:27:36 GMT

    Adam Yates takes over the overall race lead.

     

  72. 15:29:22 GMT

    Here's the top ten on the stage.

     

    1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 04:48:09
    2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
    3 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First
    4 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    5 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
    6 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    7 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
    9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
    10 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal

     

  73. 15:34:27 GMT

    The GC podium after stage 2

     

    1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 05:10:34
    2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott
    3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:00:07

     

  74. 15:42:05 GMT

    Alaphilippe speaks after his win:

     

    It's really incredible. I'm just so happy.

    I know that after yesterday's stage we lost a lot of time, so I try to win a stage. Today was a good opportunity so we control in the final with the team and everything was going my way like perfect.

     

    I pushed myself full gas until the line. I was surprised with me day after day and tomorrow is a good opportunity for Elia [Viviani] in the sprint as well.

     

    The race decided the tactic [between me and Štybar] but for sure we talked during the race. We had to jump together in the final if there were some attacks. There was a lot of attacks So Štyby was in the last group and in the end I just had to control behind and to do a good sprint when we caught the first group. We did really perfect, a really good job from all the team and I'm really happy to finish the day like that.

     

  75. 16:21:16 GMT

    That's the end of our live coverage for stage 2. Be sure to join us again for tomorrow's start-to-finish coverage!

     

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