Tirreno-Adriatico 2019

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Ostanek

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico. Today's largely flat 226km stage runs from Pomerance to Foligno.

 

 

  1. 09:35:24 GMT

    Today's stage is set to kick off in around 20 minutes. It looks like we'll see the first mass sprint finish of the race, unless the inevitable breakaway have something up their sleeve.

  2. 09:39:02 GMT

    The peloton will head to Umbria today, right in the centre of Italy. It's the longest stage of the race and features just two classified climbs, both coming relatively early on in the stage.

     

  3. 09:47:36 GMT

    Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) won yesterday's stage on the uphill finish in Pomerance. He beat Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) to take his sixth victory of the season. 

     

    Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took over the race lead. He's level on time with teammate Brent Bookwalter, and seven seconds ahead of third-placed man Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).

     

  4. 09:53:04 GMT

    Today it should be one for the sprinters. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) won't be contesting the stage, though. He finished the opening team time trial outside of the stage limit. Read more about that here.

     

  5. 09:59:55 GMT

    And the peloton will be setting off from the start right about now.

     

  6. 10:12:48 GMT

    Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) is today's only non-starter. The Italian is suffering from knee pain.

     

  7. 10:12:50 GMT

    Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) is today's only non-starter. The Italian is suffering from knee pain.

     

  8. 10:20:30 GMT

    Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan will be looking to be in the mix at the stage finish today. The triple world champion has been recovering from an stomach virus. For more on that, read our story here.

     

  9. 210km remaining from 224km

    10:24:06 GMT

    A break of six riders has already escaped from the peloton. 

     


    Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia) are all back out front once again. Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) and Alexander Cataford (Israel Cycling Academy) are the other riders to make it.

     

  10. 10:28:51 GMT

    The gap between break and peloton is already up to five minutes.

     

  11. 10:35:29 GMT

    Tomasz Marczyński (Lotto-Soudal) has abandoned the race due to illness, the team reports.

     

  12. 190km remaining from 224km

    10:49:30 GMT

    After 34km, the gap is up to 7 minutes.

     

    We're just over 10km from the first intermediate sprint of the day at Monticiano.

     

  13. 178km remaining from 224km

    11:07:36 GMT

    Deceuninck-Quick Step are leading the peloton, and after just over an hour of racing the average speed has been 42km/h.

     

  14. 170km remaining from 224km

    11:22:11 GMT

    The gap between break and peloton has now stabilised at around the six-minute mark.

     

  15. 11:23:34 GMT

    Kurianov, Maestri, Tonelli, Cataford was the order over the intermediate sprint at Monticiano.

     

  16. 11:35:49 GMT

    Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) looks to be the hot favourite to win today's stage should it come down to a sprint. The Italian already has three WorldTour wins to his name this season, at the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and the UAE Tour. He spoke to Cyclingnews yesterday.

     

    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) is also in the mix, as is Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Other sprint contenders include Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and Sacha Modolo (EF Education First).

     

  17. 152km remaining from 224km

    11:50:37 GMT

    Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) has abandoned the race. 

     

    The first climb of the day, the Passo del Rospatoio (5.3km at 5.3%) is coming up soon.

     

  18. 11:57:33 GMT

    Stage 6 of Paris-Nice has recently gotten underway. You can follow that live too, here.

     

  19. 140km remaining from 224km

    12:10:32 GMT

    The gap is down to two minutes now. No word on who took the points over the first classified climb of the day yet.

     

  20. 12:18:20 GMT

    An average of 39km/h after the first two hours of racing.

  21. 12:37:38 GMT

    The gap is stable at around four minutes at the moment. There's around 20km to run until the second and final climb of the day.

     

  22. 12:40:58 GMT

    Mitchelton-Scott are doing the bulk of the work at the head of the peloton at the moment. No surprise, given that their man Adam Yates is race leader.

     

  23. 12:49:21 GMT

    The riders reach the 100km mark and the situation remains the same with six men out front, around four minutes ahead of the peloton.

     

  24. 112km remaining from 224km

    12:53:52 GMT

    We're at the halfway point!

     

    Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) is stopped at the side of the road, possibly a crash or puncture.

     

  25. 12:59:04 GMT

    With Maestri and Berhane in the break, the duo will be looking to secure leads in the points and mountain classifications respectively. One intermediate sprint and one classified climb remain on the stage.

     

  26. 13:00:14 GMT

    The break are approaching the second and final climb of the day at La Foce.

  27. 13:04:58 GMT

    • Crash

    Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) has hit the deck at some point. He's at the medical car getting his left elbow bandaged. That might affect his sprint chances later if it's a painful one.

     

  28. 13:06:40 GMT

    The break is 2km from the top of the climb.

     

  29. 101km remaining from 224km

    13:12:41 GMT

    • Climb

    Berhane won the sprint over the top of the climb. He has 20 points in the mountain classification now, meaning the green jersey is his outright.

     

  30. 13:16:36 GMT

    4:30 for the break now.

  31. 13:17:58 GMT

    We're inside the final 100km now. There's an intermediate sprint coming up soon and then... not much, a few lumps aside, until the finish.

     

  32. 13:21:25 GMT

    Nizzolo's elbow is bandaged up and his left shoulder is ripped, exposing his tattoo. He's riding at the back of the peloton alongside Steve Cummings at the moment.

     

  33. 91km remaining from 224km

    13:28:31 GMT

    Quick Step and UAE have riders at the front of the peloton, with Mitchelton massed behind as they head down a descent.

     

  34. 81km remaining from 224km

    13:41:45 GMT

    The order of the final intermediate sprint of the day was Kurianov, Maestri, Tonelli and Cataford. Maestri is now the provisional leader of the points competition.

     

  35. 13:43:07 GMT

    Maestri immediately drops back from the break, probably looking to save energy for future forays out front in a bid to contest the points classification until the end of the race.

     

  36. 75km remaining from 224km

    13:50:42 GMT

    From a maximum of six minutes, it has since edged down to under four. At the moment, the peloton are 3:40 behind the break.

     

  37. 13:58:23 GMT

    Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is at the back of the peloton. Possibly returning from a mechanical issue. There's a long way to go though, so no panic.

     

  38. 67km remaining from 224km

    14:02:06 GMT

    Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) are still leading the peloton ahead of Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma.

     

  39. 14:07:16 GMT

    There are no sprints or climbs to reward the break over the remainder of the stage, so it's pretty much a case of waiting for the kilometres to tick down until the peloton decide to reel them in foor good.

     

  40. 14:13:07 GMT

    After four hours of racing, the average speed has been 39km/h.

     

  41. 54km remaining from 224km

    14:18:14 GMT

    The situation is still calm as we approach the final 50km of the stage.

     

  42. 14:20:57 GMT

    Dimension Data have sent a rider to the front. Either Nizzolo is feeling better after his crash, or Van Rensburg will have a go in the sprint.

     

  43. 49km remaining from 224km

    14:25:42 GMT

    Inside the final 50km now and the break are still holding the gap at 3:45.

     

  44. 43km remaining from 224km

    14:35:44 GMT

    Here's another look at some of the men who will no doubt be contesting the sprint at the end of the day.

     

    Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) looks to be the hot favourite to win today's stage. The Italian already has three WorldTour wins to his name this season.

     

     

    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) are the other two big favourites. The Colombian will resume his UAE Tour rivalry with Viviani, while Sagan is recovering from illness.

     

    Other sprint contenders include Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and Sacha Modolo (EF Education First).

     

  45. 38km remaining from 224km

    14:42:05 GMT

    Kurianov is the second man to drop back from the peloton after Maestri. Four left now. The remainder have three minutes over the peloton.

     

  46. 31km remaining from 224km

    14:51:06 GMT

    2:30 now for the break. The peloton look to be timing the eventual catch well.

     

  47. 14:52:27 GMT

    Quick Step have added another man to the head of the peloton in the shape of Zdeněk Štybar.

     

  48. 14:55:29 GMT

    Now the gap is down to two minutes as the riders reach the final 30km.

     

  49. 15:02:21 GMT

    They're speeding towards the finish now. 23km to go and the gap is just 1:30. It's just a matter of time for the break.

     

  50. 22km remaining from 224km

    15:03:29 GMT

    It's Dimension Data, Quick Step and Mitchelton at the front of the peloton.

     

  51. 15:07:19 GMT

    There's a bit of a technical finish today, with a 90-degree left and sharp right just ahead of the flamme rouge, and then a sweeping right-hander 250 metres from the line.

     

    Positioning will be vital for the sprinters and their teams.

     

     

  52. 17km remaining from 224km

    15:09:57 GMT

    Under a minute now for the break.

     

  53. 14km remaining from 224km

    15:15:04 GMT

    Quick Step are driving the peloton onwards. It won't be long now until the break are reabsorbed.

     

  54. 10km remaining from 224km

    15:18:42 GMT

    The peloton are have the remaining breakaway riders in their sights now as they reach the final 10km of this long, long stage.

     

  55. 15:19:48 GMT

    EF Education First have moved to the front. Sacha Modolo will be their option for the sprint.

     

  56. 7km remaining from 224km

    15:23:44 GMT

    Attacks in the break as they try and hold on for as long as possible. Cataford is the last to reply but they stick together.

     

  57. 15:24:14 GMT

    Schönberger is the most aggressive in the break, attacking twice so far.

     

  58. 15:24:51 GMT

    Three distinct trains emerge at the head of the peloton – Quick Step, Mitchelton and EF.

     

  59. 5km remaining from 224km

    15:25:27 GMT

    It's almost over for the break.

     

  60. 4km remaining from 224km

    15:26:53 GMT

    A final try for Schönberger. He's the last man standing from the break, but they're all brought back by the peloton.

     

  61. 15:27:30 GMT

    Team Sky have moved to the front, protecting their GC rider Wout Poels as they head to the 3km mark.

     

  62. 3km remaining from 224km

    15:28:17 GMT

    AG2R La Mondiale take the lead, somewhat surprisingly.

     

  63. 2.5km remaining from 224km

    15:28:46 GMT

    Bora-Hansgrohe and Dimension Data take over.

     

  64. 2km remaining from 224km

    15:29:09 GMT

    Viviani is further back. He's on Gaviria's wheel.

     

  65. 15:29:48 GMT

    Viviani and Gaviria move up into the top ten.

     

  66. 1km remaining from 224km

    15:30:00 GMT

    The peloton hits the final kilometre.

     

  67. 0.7km remaining from 224km

    15:30:57 GMT

    A number of teams are up front, with no trains organised at this point.

     

  68. 15:31:14 GMT

    Around the final bend and Sagan launches the sprint!

     

  69. 15:31:49 GMT

    Viviani comes off his wheel in the final 200 metres and sprints by! It's another win for Elia Viviani.

     

  70. 15:32:29 GMT

    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) took second, edging ahead of Sagan in the final metres too.

     

  71. 15:32:51 GMT

    The Colombian stuck to Viviani's wheel and nipped Sagan on the line.

     

  72. 15:33:26 GMT

    It's stage win number four in 2019 for Elia Viviani. The Italian champion also won the points classification at the UAE Tour.

     

  73. 15:34:36 GMT

    That's Deceuninck-Quick Step's second win in two days at Tirreno-Adriatico. That makes it 17 in 2019.

     

  74. 15:35:17 GMT

    Turns out Gaviria just lost out to Sagan on the line. He finished third today.

     

  75. 15:36:25 GMT

    Here's the top ten on the stage.

     

     

  76. 15:37:24 GMT

    The GC remains unchanged, with Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retaining the blue jersey ahead of teammate Brent Bookwalter and Primož Roglič.

     

  77. 15:41:25 GMT

    Peter Sagan has been recovering from a virus, so a very good showing from him on such a long stage, considering that Milan-San Remo is fast approaching.

     

  78. 15:51:53 GMT

    Stage result

     

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 5:26:45
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
    4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
    5 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    6 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
    7 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
    9 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    10 Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM

     

    General classification after stage 3


    1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 10:37:19
    2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott
    3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:07
    4 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
    5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:22
    6 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
    7 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
    8 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:27
    9 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:47
    10 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky

     

  79. 15:56:32 GMT

    That's all from us today. Be sure to visit again tomorrow for our live coverage of stage 4!

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