Tirreno-Adriatico 2016

March 9-15, Lido di Camaiore, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Hello and welcome to coverage of the final time trial of the 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 6 Report

Stage 6 video highlights

  1. 12:37:00 GMT

    Good afternoon. Here we have it, the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. It all hangs in the balance for the overall contenders and there is also a stage to be won out there. Johan Lebon is the current fastest, with Alex Dowsett just 2 seconds down on him in second place. 

    Tony Martin is out on course though, so let's see what he can do.

  2. 12:42:35 GMT

    Tony Martin has just finished his 10km time trial and surprisingly goes two seconds slower than Lebon with a time of 11:23. He slots into second place, just ahead of Dowsett.


  3. 12:47:26 GMT

    We're hearing that Julien Vermote has crashed out on course. No news on how serious the incident was, however. 


  4. 12:48:48 GMT

    Greg van Avermaet goes into this final time trial in the leader's blue jersey, after taking victory from a late breakaway during yesterday's stage. He's got slim margin over Zdenek Stybar and Peter Sagan. Here is how things look at the moment. 


    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 20:30:43
    2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:07
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:00:08
    4 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:21
    5 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
    6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:28
    7 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
    8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:00:30
    9 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:31
    10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:34


  5. 12:52:44 GMT

    World champion Vasil Kiriyenka is now out on route. Van Avermaet will  be the final rider down the ramp at 15:46 local time. Click here for the full start times for today's TT.


  6. 12:56:52 GMT

    Fabian Cancellara is now on the turbo warming up. He was in fine form earlier in the week, what can he do today? He'll be off in just over 30 minutes. 



  7. 13:04:42 GMT

    • FDJ jersey 2016

    Another scalp for Le Bon, with Kiryienka going seven seconds slower. The world champion set the fastest time at the intermediate check, but must have blown in the second half. 


  8. 13:10:14 GMT

    This is how the top 5 looks at the moment


    1 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:21
    2 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    3 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
    4 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo 00:11:24
    5 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo


  9. 13:16:47 GMT

    If you want to remind yourself of what happened yesterday, you can read our full report here or watch the highlights here


  10. 13:19:32 GMT

    Today's time trial is pan flat and therefor for the power riders but the tight corners at the halfway point of the route has caught a few people out. As well as Vermote coming down, Adam Blythe says that he too hit the deck. 


  11. 13:27:29 GMT

    Fabian Cancellara (Trek) will roll down the start ramp for his effort in five minutes' time. It's his final time racing on the seafront in San Benedetto del Tronto and he'll want to sign off in style. Cancellara won this time trial last year, and he sealed overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico here in 2008 to boot. That same year, of course, Cancellara won Milan-San Remo, and his fast start to his final season makes him one of the outstanding favourites again for Saturday's race.

  12. 13:31:46 GMT

    Johan Le Bon (FDJ) is a surprise leader at this point, but the Breton has some time trialling form over short distances. He's fared well in the Three Days of De Panne's closing time trial in the past and was a bronze medallist in the discipline as a junior. And, of course, he was a key part of FDJ's surprising third place finish in the opening team time trial last week.


  13. 13:32:49 GMT

    Cancellara is underway, he's two minutes into his effort so about 9 remaining. 

  14. 13:38:56 GMT

    Cancellara going great guns at the moment. He's 9 seconds up on Le Bon at the moment. Can he hold on to it.


  15. 13:41:52 GMT

    Cancellara passes two ailing riders on the finish straight and smashes Le Bon's time by 13 seconds. 


  16. 13:44:58 GMT

    After that blistering time from Cancellara, this is how things are shaping up at the moment.


    1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Segafredo 00:11:08
    2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:21
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
    5 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo 00:11:24


  17. 13:50:35 GMT

    Alexander Geniez went through the intermediate check as the second fastest and he crosses the finish line 7th overall. This continues FDJ's resurgence in the time trialling discipline. 

  18. 13:54:14 GMT

    Rigoberto Uran coming towards the end of his run. He's well out of contention for the overall classification so today's stage is just one to get through for the Colombian. 


  19. 13:56:25 GMT

    • Team BMC Racing 2016

    Another man that is out of contention for the overall classification is Tejay van Garderen. He was up in the top 5 all week but a broken spoke meant he lost plenty of time yesterday


  20. 14:01:55 GMT

    Domenico Pozzovivo has just begun his test, we've got 32 riders still to start. Van Avermaet will get going in around 45 minutes. 


  21. 14:03:52 GMT

    • Tinkoff Team 2016

    Peter Sagan now warming up in front of huge crowds by the Tinkoff bus. He'll be the third to last rider down the ramp and with a chance at adding Tirreno to his Tour of California title, we can expect him to give it everything. 


  22. 14:06:40 GMT

    Van Garderen about to get going. He's obviously a very strong time triallist but he will have a tough job trying to beat Cancellara on a flat course such as this. 


  23. 14:10:17 GMT

    Edvald Boasson Hagen is out on course. He has had a very good season so far and he could put in a descent time today. 


  24. 14:13:49 GMT

    Away from the racing for the moment and this morning we got the good news that Kris Boeckmans would finally make his racing return this Friday. Boeckmans has been out of action since his horror crash at the Vuelta a Espana last year. Read the full story here


  25. 14:14:42 GMT

    • Dimenson Data 2016

    Boasson Hagen went through the intermediate split in second place, six seconds behind Fabian Cancellara. 


  26. 14:17:22 GMT

    Lotto-Soudal confirm that Jens Debusschere didn't start the TT today, stating it was done as a precaution. The Belgian injured his ribs in a crash earlier this week. 


  27. 14:18:26 GMT

    Van Garderen into the final 500 metres but he's already outside the top 10. 


  28. 14:19:40 GMT

    • Team BMC Racing 2016

    Van Garderen crosses the line in 54th place and 53 seconds behind Cancellara. Not a great result but he was not going for it as he would have if the overall win had been on the cards. 


  29. 14:20:25 GMT

    Boasson Hagen finishes his effort in a time of 11:27 and that is enough for 8th place for now. 


  30. 14:21:40 GMT

    After Boasson Hagen's time, this is how things look in the top 10. 

    1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Segafredo 00:11:08
    2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:21
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
    5 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo 00:11:24
    6 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    7 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:25
    8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 00:11:27
    9 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 00:11:28
    10 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 00:11:32


  31. 14:23:16 GMT

    We're getting to the pointy end of this time trial. Just 12 riders still to go with two-minute gaps between each rider. 


  32. 14:25:25 GMT

    Better safe than sorry... Marco Coledan posted this photo of his teammate Cancellara on the team bus. 



  33. 14:27:55 GMT

    A small correction on that top 10 it is actually Caruso in 10th place.


    1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Segafredo 00:11:08
    2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:21
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
    5 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo 00:11:24
    6 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    7 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:25
    8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 00:11:27
    9 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 00:11:28
    10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC 00:11:30


  34. 14:29:13 GMT

    Vincenzo Nibali has got underway. He is 34 seconds down on Van Avermaet in the overall classification. 


  35. 14:31:48 GMT

    Etixx-QuickStep still have Brambilla, Jungels and Stybar still to run. Here they all are warming up ahead of their ride. 



  36. 14:33:37 GMT

    Mollema putting in his effort. He's rocking all over the bike. Not a great riding style. 


  37. 14:36:16 GMT

    Here is Van Avermaet warming up in his blue skinsuit. Just over 10 minutes until he gets going. 



  38. 14:37:50 GMT

    Mollema finishes his ride in a time of 11:48. 


  39. 14:38:52 GMT

    Brambilla the next rider to get going, just four more riders left.


  40. 14:41:17 GMT

    Nibali has completed his time trial, doing a time of 11:34. He was very angry with the cancellation of stage 5, threatening that he wouldn't ride the Giro d'Italia for fear of stage cancellations.


  41. 14:43:14 GMT

    Peter Sagan is off. What can he do today? Will his newly shaved legs prove aero enough?

  42. 14:45:11 GMT

    Stybar is now underway. A quick reminder of the top five with just one rider left to start. 


    1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Segafredo 00:11:08
    2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 00:11:21
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
    5 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo 00:11:24


  43. 14:46:39 GMT

    Reichenbach finishes his ride, he goes 11:35. A solid performance from the Swiss rider. 


  44. 14:47:29 GMT

    Greg Van Avermaet is a go. All the riders have started, now we will find out the overall winner of Tirreno-Adriatico. 


  45. 14:49:01 GMT

    • FDJ jersey 2016

    Thibaut Pinot is grimacing as he drives to the line. He posts the same time as his teammate Reichenbach and the two are locked on the same time in the overall classification too. 


  46. 14:51:07 GMT

    Brambilla the next rider to cross the line. He's wiggling all over the bike as he loses a boat load of time. He stops the clock at 12:10, over a minute slower than Cancellara. 


  47. 14:51:59 GMT

    Jungels closing in on the finish. He's many of the other riders' favourite for the overall title. 


  48. 14:53:16 GMT

    Jungels finishes in a time of 11:41, which is slower than Pinot. He will be disappointed with that. 


  49. 14:53:53 GMT

    That will be a boost for Van Avermaet. It's not a done deal but that has made things a little bit easier. 


  50. 14:54:43 GMT

    Sagan goes 11th fastest with a time of 11:32. That's a good effort from the Tinkoff rider. Just two more riders to finish. 


  51. 14:55:54 GMT

    An intermediate split gives Van Avermaet the victory just two seconds over Sagan at the moment. 


  52. 14:57:05 GMT

    Stybar slipping down the rankings with his time of 12:05. He'll drop off the podium with that time. 


  53. 14:57:19 GMT

    Van Avermaet goes under the flamme rouge.


  54. 14:58:30 GMT

    Van Avermaet crosses the line to win the overall classification by just a single second. 


  55. 14:59:09 GMT

    Fabian Cancellara wins the stage by 13 seconds over Johan Le Bon. 


  56. 15:00:10 GMT

    Confirmation, Van Avermaet takes the overall win with Sagan in second and Jungels in third. That could hardly have been closer. 


  57. 15:02:54 GMT

    This has been a fantastic spring for Van Avermaet. Will this lead to his first monument victory?


  58. 15:03:45 GMT

    Confirmation of the top 10 in the general classification. 


    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 20:42:22
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:00:01
    3 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:23
    4 Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ 0:00:24
    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:24
    6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:29
    7 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:33
    8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:39
    9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:45
    10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:00:48


  59. 15:06:22 GMT

    Cancellara steps onto the podium to accept his award as stage winner. Here's what he had to say after the stage. 


    "Well, I don’t think it’s incredible. It‘s just business as usual. We saw with some of the riders that went earlier, with the wind conditions, that the course seemed faster. I just did what I had to do.

    "For me it is now recovery mode because I didn’t have the best feeling this week."


  60. 15:08:04 GMT

    After such a good start to the year, Cancellara also tried to take the pressure off himself going into Milan-San Remo. He stated that the pressure would now be on the likes of Van Avermaet, Stybar and Sagan. 


  61. 15:09:41 GMT

    As well as making it into the top 3. Jungels also wins the young rider's classification. 


  62. 15:10:15 GMT

    Sagan looks very disappointed with that second place. He gives a halfhearted wave on the podium. 


  63. 15:11:21 GMT

    In contrast, Van Avermaet is beaming as he steps onto the podium. He certainly wouldn't have expected to be up there at the start of the week. 


  64. 15:13:08 GMT

    Fabian Cancellara sprays the champagne on the podium. 



  65. 15:16:20 GMT

    And here is your winner Greg van Avermaet. 



  66. 15:19:30 GMT

    We've already got a brief report and results from today's stage, which you can find here, plus our growing gallery of images


  67. 15:22:21 GMT

    BMC have just issued a press release stating that Van Avermaet will be their leader for Milan-San Remo. Phlippe Gilbert will not be riding after falling ill before Tirreno-Adriatico. 


  68. 15:24:20 GMT

    We will of course have live coverage of Milan-San Remo for you this Saturday with our very own Stephen Farrand and Barry Ryan covering the race from Italy. 


  69. 15:31:24 GMT

    You can find the provisional start list for Milan-San Remo here.


  70. 15:41:23 GMT

    We will also have video highlights from today's stage very soon. They are loading as we speak, so you can watch back anything you missed this afternoon. 


  71. 15:48:32 GMT

    You can read the full story on Van Avermaet and San Remo here


  72. 16:05:19 GMT

    Video highlights are now available on our website, head here to relive today's nailbiting action


  73. 16:38:37 GMT

    That is it from us today, stick with Cyclingnews or all the reaction from today's final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and tune in on Saturday for live coverage of Milan-San Remo. 


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