Tirreno-Adriatico 2019

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
susan westemeyer

Welcome back to our live coverage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Today the peloton tackles another 180 difficult kilometers from Colli al Metauro to Recanati.

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Lutsenko takes dramatic Stage 4 win

66 riders given virtual times to avoid closing circuit chaos

  1. 11:52:41 CET

    Good morning! Another Classics-style course today, guaranteed to burn the legs. The first half of the day won't be so bad, but those three closing laps of the circuit course, with two climbs each, including one of up to 20% gradient will definitely be more interesting!
  2. 12:02:41 CET

    Today's stage is one of “walls” – those lovely short but steep climbs. The stage closes with three laps of a 22.8km circuit course, each containing two climbs. One is the Porto d'Osimo, which the race webiste tells us starts “with milder gradients over the first 500 m, followed by the actual “wall”: 1,300 m with an average 14% slope, and peaks reaching 19%.”

  3. 12:06:40 CET

    But that is nothing compared to the Muro di San Pietro. The race website says it “deserves great attention: the climb is quite uncomplicated at first (avg. slope: 6.8%), but gradients rise steeply over the last 200 m, topping out at 20% at the summit.”

  4. 12:15:30 CET

    Just a reminder of our top five in GC going into today's fun and games:

    1 Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

    2 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 0:07

    3 Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 0:50

    4 Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 0:56

    5 Sam Oomen (Sunweb) 0:56

  5. 12:19:02 CET

    The race has started!


  6. 12:21:02 CET

    We had 148 starters on the line this morning, so there were no new abandons overnight. 


  7. 12:24:27 CET

    After some 9 km, we have a group of 10 with a 15 second lead. 


  8. 12:32:37 CET

    In a rather bizarre situation yesterday the gruppetto was stopped at the entrance of the closing circuit, which was to be covered 2 times. The circuit was only 9.2km long, and on a mountain stage, the gaps were already big enough that there would have been riders on the course doing lap one and riders doing lap two at the same time. That would have been pretty chaotic. So the UCI Commissaire and his troop of helpers came up with a unique solution to keep such riders as Peter Sagan and Elia Viviani in the race.

  9. 12:33:38 CET

    The lucky group today is: Nico Denz (AG2R), Daniel Oss (Bora-hansgrohe), Nathan Van Hooydonck (CCC), Ivan Rovny (Gazprom-RusVelo), Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy), Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Jorge Arcas (Movistar), Davide Gabburo and Eduardo Zardini (Neri Sottoli) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).

    And they already have 1:35. 

  10. 12:38:06 CET

    Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), Steve Morabito (Groupama-FDJ), and Giovanni Visconti (Neri Sottoli) are giving chase and are 38 seconds behind the larger lead group.

  11. 12:44:19 CET

    Katusha is leading the peloton and has brought the gap down to 1:18. It is not clear where the three chasers are, nor is it clear exactly who they are.


  12. 12:46:25 CET

     And after 23km, the gap is below one minute.

  13. 12:50:43 CET

    We had five riders DNF yesterday. Geraint Thomas (Sky) had stomach problems. Koen Bouwman (Jumbo Visma) had lower back problems. There was no word on why Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) abandoned.

    Worst off was Ian Boswell. Team Katusha-Alpecin reported that after a hard crash, he “was taken to the hospital and extensively examined. First diagnosis: severe concussion and cervical spine distortion. He stays for 24 hrs for further observation in the hospital in Urbino.”

  14. 12:53:12 CET

    How quickly things can change. The group of ten now has 3:16 on the field, while the three chasers are falling back, now 1:10 back.


  15. 12:54:27 CET

    Did we say three minutes? Let's make that 5:07!


  16. 13:00:38 CET

    Three riders were deemed to be over the time limit on stage 4, all finishing over 40 minutes down: Ildar Arslanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Stepan Kurianov, also Gazprom-Rusvelo, who has featured in several break groups here, and Marco Maranese (Bardiani-CSF).

  17. 143km remaining from 178km

    13:05:57 CET

    The gap has now jumped to 6:20. Looking at the end of this stage, the field is probably not terribly worried about the large gap at this point.


  18. 13:09:43 CET

    The third chaser in the group is Cofidis' Julien Simon, not Cyril Lemoine.


  19. 13:15:07 CET

    The three chasers have finally caught the lead group, and we now have 13 riders in the break group.

  20. 13:18:11 CET

    That gives Neri Sottoli three men in the group.


  21. 13:26:00 CET

    Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) leads the points ranking here, ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

  22. 121km remaining from 178km

    13:36:16 CET

    After 57km, the gap has stabilized around the 6:50 mark.


  23. 13:42:58 CET

     With his dramatic win yesterday, Lutsenko took over the mountain jersey, ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Natnael Berhane (Cofidis).

  24. 13:45:56 CET

    So much for a stabilized time. After 62km it is now up to 7:12.


  25. 13:57:10 CET

    Sam Oomen of Sunweb has taken over the lead in the young rider category, followed by Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida).



  26. 14:03:37 CET

    To round out all the classifications, EF Education First is at the top of the team classification, with Trek-Segafredo second and Lotto Soudal third.

  27. 14:07:04 CET

    It looks sunny and warm and dry at the race -- weather unlike other parts of Europe.....


  28. 14:15:29 CET

    The finale today will no doubt be another great one, but it will be difficult to top yesterday's dramatics. Alexey broke away, crashed twice, was caught at the end -- and still won!


  29. 14:25:13 CET

    As the gap hits the eight minute mark, we can look at the highest ranked rider in the break group. That wouldl be Zardini, who is 8:48 down.


  30. 85km remaining from 178km

    14:26:43 CET

    With just under 85km to go, the gap is at 8:45. That is enough to send Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott to start pulling a bit harder at the head of the field.


  31. 14:27:50 CET

    Now 9:32 as the climbing starts!


  32. 14:30:26 CET

    Nikias Arndt of Sunweb has crashed. Looks like he ripped up his right shoulder and arm pretty good. Or pretty bad, depending on how you look at it.


  33. 14:33:54 CET

    The gap is coming down, and Zardini has lost his virtual leader's jersey. with 81.4km to go, it is now 7:20.


  34. 14:39:52 CET

    What did Lutsenko have to say about his win yesterday? "Me winning shows you never know what can happen in racing." Which pretty well sums it up, we think. 


  35. 14:40:41 CET

    Sunweb has now popped up at the head of the field, as they work their way up a climb.


  36. 14:45:18 CET

    Speaking of Sunweb: Tom Dumoulin was disappointed yesterday that the didn't have the legs he wanted to be in the mix at the finish. Will he be feeling better today?


  37. 14:46:23 CET

    A mechanical for Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe). He dropped his chain and couldn't fix it himself. The team mechanic helps out and the ex-World Champion is now scurrying his way back to the bunch.


  38. 14:48:19 CET

    Dumoulin's legs must be feeling better today, as his teammates are now working hard at the front of the peloton.


  39. 14:51:55 CET

    Do you think Vincenzo Nibali is here for fun. No. He calls it "the suffering I need" at the start of the season.


  40. 14:55:44 CET

    70 km to go, and it is all roller coaster from here on in. And the gap is down to 4:46.


  41. 14:58:10 CET

    Sunweb has said that Arndt could not continue in the race, and has abandoned.


  42. 14:59:18 CET

    And now we hear that Giacomo Nizzolo has just abandoned. He had a nasty crash the other day, and this hard stage is just too much.


  43. 15:02:51 CET

    These short but very steep climbs are anything but fun. Lots of suffering going on today.


  44. 15:08:21 CET

    Oss has jumped from the lead group on a descent, with Denz chasing and catching him. 


  45. 15:09:55 CET

    Yesterday Tony Martin (Jumbo Visma) went slip-sliding away under the guardrail. Today he is at the front of the field, leading a high-speed chase.


  46. 15:12:25 CET

    The two leaders have 15 seconds on the chase group, and the peloton is 3:53 back. 58km to go.

  47. 15:13:24 CET

    We no longer see Sunweb at the head of the field, as Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma have things firmly in hand.


  48. 15:14:40 CET

    The road starts rising again and the chase group catches Oss and Denz.


  49. 15:16:47 CET

    Zardini is the next to take off, and Denz once again jumps to going hm. They are not really getting away, though.


  50. 15:17:08 CET

    And who joins them? Oss, of course. 


  51. 15:18:02 CET

    Four more join them. We think the group is over, now.


  52. 15:20:51 CET

    54.5km and 4:15 gap.


  53. 15:22:33 CET

    Sagan looks to be dangling at the back of the field.


  54. 15:23:14 CET

    And meanwhile the lead group has come back together again.


  55. 15:23:35 CET

    Sagan and a handful of others back amongst the team cars.


  56. 15:25:59 CET

    The lead group flies down a descent with 51 km to go.


    Crash! a Movistar rider in the main field: Luis Mas.


  57. 15:28:36 CET

    Gabburo tries to jump from the front group, but just can't get away.


  58. 15:32:11 CET

    With 48 km to go, Zardini takes off. Morabito has had to drop from the group as they take on yet another climb.


  59. 15:35:17 CET

    Denz, Gabburo and Pedersen have joined Zardini.


  60. 15:42:17 CET

    The four leaders now have 38 seconds on their former companions, and three minutes on the peloton.


  61. 15:43:44 CET

    Let's make that time gap to the peloton more like 4 minutes. Astana now leading the chase, no doubt hoping to repeat yesterday's success.


  62. 15:47:37 CET

    We are about halfway through the second lap of this difficult circuit course.


  63. 15:49:06 CET

    Mas has now abandoned the race. His crash gave him a heavy hit on the right side, plus he felt dizzy. Good idea to take no chances with that.


  64. 15:50:08 CET

    Van Hooydonck and Morabito have now been caught by the field.


  65. 15:52:41 CET

    Six riders from the former break group are still giving chase.


  66. 15:55:34 CET

    The four leaders and their followers are struggling their way up that second and worst climb. Zardini and Gabburo are putting on the speed to try and dump the other two.

    But the field is only 1.30 back, anyway.


  67. 15:57:39 CET

    Yates, Lutsenko, Nibali, Roglic all to be seen ear the front of the field. It looks like a smaller group is forming at the front with some of the favourites. Dumoulin hanging on to the back of the group. 33km to go.


  68. 15:59:19 CET

    Alaphilippe jumps to join the Yates group.


  69. 16:01:21 CET

    Looks like about 8 riders in the Yates group. Wish we could get the names.

    Dumoulin, Alaphilippe, Nibali and Fuglsang in a chase group.


  70. 16:07:12 CET

    A number of riders have now joined the Yates group, making it 17. And only 45 seconds back, with 25.5km to go.


  71. 16:07:46 CET

    Th Yates group is on the verge of gobbling up the remnants of the former lead group.


  72. 16:08:28 CET

    EF's Simon Clarke is in the Yates group, or rather, he was. He has now had to pull over with a mechanical.


  73. 16:09:50 CET

    The Yates group is Howson, Oomen, Benoot, Wellens, Pinot, Fuglsang, Lutsenko, Nibali, Yates, Cataldo, Roglic, Alaphilippe, Dumoulin, Rui Costa and Vuillermoz.So basically all the big names.
  74. 16:11:41 CET

    The Yats group is breaking up on this brutal climb.


  75. 16:13:19 CET

    Gabburo and Perdesen alone in the lead, 24 seconds ahead and 24 km to go.


  76. 16:14:15 CET

    Fuglsang attacks from the field, as Nibali trails back amongst the team cars. 


  77. 16:15:04 CET

    Pinot jumps in cahse of Fuglsang, and soon has him.


  78. 16:15:58 CET

    Gaburro and Dez hit the finish line for the penultimat tiem,w ith Fuglsang and Pinto only a handful of seconds back.


  79. 16:17:07 CET

    Alaphilippe jumps from the Yates group and takes off. We have now have three in the front: Fuglsang, Pedersen and Gaburro.


  80. 16:19:05 CET

    Alaphiippe dangling between the lead group and the chase group.


  81. 16:21:37 CET

    Fuglsang has joined the three leaders. 


  82. 16:23:47 CET

    38 seconds with 15.4km to go.


  83. 16:25:33 CET

    The Yates group has dissolved into various little groups. Nibali, Oomen and two others are in a group together ahead of the otehrs.


  84. 16:27:47 CET

    Looking good for the four leades, as they have nearly a minute now with 12.4km to go.


  85. 16:31:42 CET

     Yates has joined the Nibali group, and in fact most of the others are coming back too.

    Yates jumps again and Roglic goes with him. Or tries to!

  86. 16:32:19 CET

    UP front, Fuglsang and Gaburro are alone in teh lead. 10.7km to go.


  87. 16:32:58 CET

    Yates has a nice gap but Roglic is calmly time-trialing his way up to him. 


  88. 16:33:18 CET

    With 10.3 to go Roglic has caught him.


  89. 16:34:02 CET

    Roglic and Yates catch Pedersen, who was formerly in the lead group.


  90. 16:34:50 CET

    Gaburro was unable to stay with Fuglsang and is caught. But Fuglsang is flying along on his own.


  91. 16:36:27 CET

    Yates is doing all the lead work in this group, or at least most of it. The others don't see why they should help him win.


  92. 16:37:18 CET

    With 7.7 km, Fuglsang has 51 seconds on the Yates group.


  93. 16:38:21 CET

    The next group, which we will call the Dumoulin group, is about 30 seconds behind the Yates group, and 1:30 behind Fuglsang.


  94. 16:39:39 CET

    The next group, which we will call the Dumoulin group, is about 30 seconds behind the Yates group, and 1:30 behind Fuglsang.


  95. 16:40:55 CET

    Fuglsang taking few chances on his way. On the other hand, he probably doesn't want to crash twice like his teammate Lutsenko yesterday.


  96. 16:42:10 CET

    A flattish section at the moment, and Dumoulin tries to jump from his chase group.


  97. 16:42:33 CET

    Fuglsang and the Yates group are on the final climb now.


  98. 16:43:35 CET

    Yates leads his little group, with Roglic on his wheel, refusing to do any work.

    With 2.7km to go, Fuglsang has 1:11 on Yates. Dumoulin at 1:30.


  99. 16:43:57 CET

    Yates and Roglic now alone. As expected.


  100. 16:45:16 CET

    Yates trying desperately to dump Roglic, without success.


  101. 16:45:52 CET

    Fuglsang's gap dropped to 30 seconds!

    Dumoulin and Pinto at 1:30.


  102. 16:46:32 CET

    Fuglsang having a hard time on the steepest part of this climb.


  103. 16:47:22 CET

    Dumoulin and Pinot pass Pedersen. With 1.8km, Yates takes off and Roglic has nothing to answer with.


  104. 16:48:04 CET

    Yates pulling far away from Roglic. 33 seconds to Fuglsang with 1.4 km to go.


  105. 16:49:28 CET

    The climbing is over for Fuglsang, he now has an easy run-in for the last kilometer. He has 32 seconds on Yates, who now passes the final km marker


  106. 16:50:34 CET

    Well the run-in wasn#t perhaps all that easy, but Fuglsang has conquered it.


  107. 16:51:49 CET

    Yates has moved up swiftly and is 40 seconds behind. He gets a 6 second bonus. Roglic comes in 16 seconds later, with a 4 second bonus. 


  108. 16:52:37 CET

    A strong effort by Dumoulin who comes in fourth at 1:40. However, Fuglsang will probably take over 3d in GC, dropping the big Dutchman.


  109. 16:53:09 CET

    The rest of the favourites now dribble over the finish line in ones and twos.


  110. 16:54:41 CET

    That makes two in a row in Tirreno for Astana!


  111. 16:57:26 CET

    Adam Yates' attack within the final 2km may well have secured his overall victory here. Roglic is known for his time trialing skills, and the Australian wanted to build up as much of a time gap as he could. 


  112. 16:58:53 CET

    1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 04:39:32

    2 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:40

    3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:00:56

    4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:01:39

    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:01:53

    6 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 00:01:57

    7 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 00:02:09

    8 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:02:12

    9 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal

    10 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First

  113. 17:07:15 CET

    General Classification

    1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 20:33:48

    2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:00:25

    3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:00:35

    4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:01:55

    5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 00:02:34

    6 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 00:02:39

    7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:02:46

    8 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:02:58

    9 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First 00:03:03

    10 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 00:03:26

  114. 18:36:19 CET

    That is all from our live coverage today. For full results, photos and report on today's action then click here. We will be back tomorrow for more. 

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