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Welcome back to our live coverage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Today the peloton tackles another 180 difficult kilometers from Colli al Metauro to Recanati.
11:52:41 CETGood 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!
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%.”
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.”
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
The race has started!
We had 148 starters on the line this morning, so there were no new abandons overnight.
After some 9 km, we have a group of 10 with a 15 second lead.
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.
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.
Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), Steve Morabito (Groupama-FDJ), and Giovanni Visconti (Neri Sottoli) are giving chase and are 38 seconds behind the larger lead group.
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.
And after 23km, the gap is below one minute.
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.”
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.
Did we say three minutes? Let's make that 5:07!
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).
- 143km remaining from 178km
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.
The third chaser in the group is Cofidis' Julien Simon, not Cyril Lemoine.
The three chasers have finally caught the lead group, and we now have 13 riders in the break group.
That gives Neri Sottoli three men in the group.
Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) leads the points ranking here, ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
- 121km remaining from 178km
After 57km, the gap has stabilized around the 6:50 mark.
With his dramatic win yesterday, Lutsenko took over the mountain jersey, ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Natnael Berhane (Cofidis).
So much for a stabilized time. After 62km it is now up to 7:12.
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).
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.
It looks sunny and warm and dry at the race -- weather unlike other parts of Europe.....
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!
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.
- 85km remaining from 178km
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.
Now 9:32 as the climbing starts!
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.
The gap is coming down, and Zardini has lost his virtual leader's jersey. with 81.4km to go, it is now 7:20.
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.
Sunweb has now popped up at the head of the field, as they work their way up a climb.
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?
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.
Dumoulin's legs must be feeling better today, as his teammates are now working hard at the front of the peloton.
Do you think Vincenzo Nibali is here for fun. No. He calls it "the suffering I need" at the start of the season.
70 km to go, and it is all roller coaster from here on in. And the gap is down to 4:46.
Sunweb has said that Arndt could not continue in the race, and has abandoned.
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.
These short but very steep climbs are anything but fun. Lots of suffering going on today.
Oss has jumped from the lead group on a descent, with Denz chasing and catching him.
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.
The two leaders have 15 seconds on the chase group, and the peloton is 3:53 back. 58km to go.
We no longer see Sunweb at the head of the field, as Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma have things firmly in hand.
The road starts rising again and the chase group catches Oss and Denz.
Zardini is the next to take off, and Denz once again jumps to going hm. They are not really getting away, though.
And who joins them? Oss, of course.
Four more join them. We think the group is over, now.
54.5km and 4:15 gap.
Sagan looks to be dangling at the back of the field.
And meanwhile the lead group has come back together again.
Sagan and a handful of others back amongst the team cars.
The lead group flies down a descent with 51 km to go.
Crash! a Movistar rider in the main field: Luis Mas.
Gabburo tries to jump from the front group, but just can't get away.
With 48 km to go, Zardini takes off. Morabito has had to drop from the group as they take on yet another climb.
Denz, Gabburo and Pedersen have joined Zardini.
The four leaders now have 38 seconds on their former companions, and three minutes on the peloton.
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.
We are about halfway through the second lap of this difficult circuit course.
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.
Van Hooydonck and Morabito have now been caught by the field.
Six riders from the former break group are still giving chase.
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.
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.
Alaphilippe jumps to join the Yates group.
Looks like about 8 riders in the Yates group. Wish we could get the names.
Dumoulin, Alaphilippe, Nibali and Fuglsang in a chase group.
A number of riders have now joined the Yates group, making it 17. And only 45 seconds back, with 25.5km to go.
Th Yates group is on the verge of gobbling up the remnants of the former lead group.
EF's Simon Clarke is in the Yates group, or rather, he was. He has now had to pull over with a mechanical.
16:09:50 CETThe 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.
The Yats group is breaking up on this brutal climb.
Gabburo and Perdesen alone in the lead, 24 seconds ahead and 24 km to go.
Fuglsang attacks from the field, as Nibali trails back amongst the team cars.
Pinot jumps in cahse of Fuglsang, and soon has him.
Gaburro and Dez hit the finish line for the penultimat tiem,w ith Fuglsang and Pinto only a handful of seconds back.
Alaphilippe jumps from the Yates group and takes off. We have now have three in the front: Fuglsang, Pedersen and Gaburro.
Alaphiippe dangling between the lead group and the chase group.
Fuglsang has joined the three leaders.
38 seconds with 15.4km to go.
The Yates group has dissolved into various little groups. Nibali, Oomen and two others are in a group together ahead of the otehrs.
Looking good for the four leades, as they have nearly a minute now with 12.4km to go.
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!
UP front, Fuglsang and Gaburro are alone in teh lead. 10.7km to go.
Yates has a nice gap but Roglic is calmly time-trialing his way up to him.
With 10.3 to go Roglic has caught him.
Roglic and Yates catch Pedersen, who was formerly in the lead group.
Gaburro was unable to stay with Fuglsang and is caught. But Fuglsang is flying along on his own.
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.
With 7.7 km, Fuglsang has 51 seconds on the Yates group.
The next group, which we will call the Dumoulin group, is about 30 seconds behind the Yates group, and 1:30 behind Fuglsang.
The next group, which we will call the Dumoulin group, is about 30 seconds behind the Yates group, and 1:30 behind Fuglsang.
Fuglsang taking few chances on his way. On the other hand, he probably doesn't want to crash twice like his teammate Lutsenko yesterday.
A flattish section at the moment, and Dumoulin tries to jump from his chase group.
Fuglsang and the Yates group are on the final climb now.
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.
Yates and Roglic now alone. As expected.
Yates trying desperately to dump Roglic, without success.
Fuglsang's gap dropped to 30 seconds!
Dumoulin and Pinto at 1:30.
Fuglsang having a hard time on the steepest part of this climb.
Dumoulin and Pinot pass Pedersen. With 1.8km, Yates takes off and Roglic has nothing to answer with.
Yates pulling far away from Roglic. 33 seconds to Fuglsang with 1.4 km to go.
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
Well the run-in wasn#t perhaps all that easy, but Fuglsang has conquered it.
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.
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.
The rest of the favourites now dribble over the finish line in ones and twos.
That makes two in a row in Tirreno for Astana!
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.
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
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
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.