Tirreno-Adriatico: Gaviria wins stage 3

A day after his teammate broke away to victory, Fernando Gaviria continued Etixx-QuickStep’s domination at Tirreno-Adriatico with a win in the bunch sprint on stage 3. The Colombian withstood a strong effort from Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky).

“I’m completely happy. It is my first WorldTour race and to take the victory is really satisfying for me and for the team,” Gaviria said after the stage.

Gaviria has been flying high of late, claiming his second world title on the track just last week, but his team said they were putting no pressure on him in his first WorldTour race. He appeared to be well out of position as the race went into the final kilometre, but rode the wheels of the teams in front to work his way forward. Positioning himself in the wheel of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) on the left-hand side of the road, Gaviria swung to the right to find some clear space.

His acceleration was such that he had a clear advantage as they went through the final corner just 50 metres later, despite having to adjust his line to avoid Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling). Fellow youngster, Ewan mounted a serious challenge to Gaviria’s sprint using his distinctive low profile to come up alongside him. The pair pulled clear of the rest of the group but Ewan just didn’t have enough to pass Gaviria when the road pitched upwards in the final metres.

Despite having a strong lead-out, Sagan was quickly overtaken by the pure sprinters and could only manage fourth place.

Gaviria’s Etixx-QuickStep teammate and stage 2 winner, Zdenek Stybar finished safely within the group to keep hold of the race lead ahead of Damiano Caruso.

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How it happened

After a complicated second stage, the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico from Castelnuovo Val di Cecina to Montalto di Castro was expected to be one for the sprinters. Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) began the day in the leader’s maglia azzurra after his emphatic victory on stage 2’s uphill finish.

A five-man group, consisting of Giorgio Cecchinel (Androni Giocattoli), José Gonçalves (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Davide Villella (Cannondale), Simone Andreeta (Bardiani-CSF) and Adrian Honkisz (CCC-Sprandi Polkowice), broke free in the opening 10 kilometres. They made use of the very lumpy start to the day to build a strong advantage over the peloton.

With the race leader and stage favourite, in Fernando Gaviria, to think about, Etixx-QuickStep - helped by Orica-GreenEdge - set about keeping the five men on a short leash. They held the escape group at a manageable advantage around four minutes for much of the day. Astana have not come with a sprinter but they were also sure to keep near the front to protect their leader Vincenzo Nibali.

In the Orica-GreenEdge corner, it was Svein Tuft that did the majority of the work on the front. The Canadian did a mighty turn over the climbs and was still there, or thereabouts, as the race entered into the finale. The efforts of Tuft and kept the pace high and it was too much for Andreeta, who was the first of the escapees to crack and get reeled back in.

Inside the final 50 kilometres, Movistar - in the form of Andre Amador - pitched in with the effort of bringing back the breakaway. Amador’s efforts had a big impact, bringing the gap down to just over a minute with 20 kilometres remaining. Like Astana, they have no real sprint contenders but they team in dark blue were ensuring Alejandro Valverde’s safe passage to the line.

With such firepower doing the work behind, the break stood almost no chance at staying out until the finish line. As they passed under the 10km to go banner, the gap stood at just 30 seconds with Sky, Etixx-QuickStep, Tinkoff and Orica-GreenEdge all trying to make some room for themselves at the head of the peloton. Digging deep, the escapees took a stay of execution and increased their advantage for a few kilometres but it was just delaying the inevitable and the catch was finally made just inside the final two kilometres.

As the peloton approached the finish, the road became narrow and there were plenty of turns to negotiate. With one rider in front of him, Sagan moved to the front but he was no match for Gaviria when he launched his move just before the final corner. A late move from Ewan was enough to give him second with Viviani taking the sprint in the second group to take third.

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step4:17:28
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 2 - Cell 2
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 10 - Cell 2
12José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 11 - Cell 2
13Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 15 - Cell 2
17Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 16 - Cell 2
18Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 19 - Cell 2
21Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 25 - Cell 2
27Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 26 - Cell 2
28Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 30 - Cell 2
32Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18Row 32 - Cell 2
34Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 39 - Cell 2
41Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 42 - Cell 2
44Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 44 - Cell 2
46Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 46 - Cell 2
48Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 47 - Cell 2
49Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team KatushaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Marco Haller (Aut) Team KatushaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 50 - Cell 2
52Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 52 - Cell 2
54Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 60 - Cell 2
62Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 62 - Cell 2
64Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 67 - Cell 2
69Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 69 - Cell 2
71Víctor de la Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 70 - Cell 2
72Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 71 - Cell 2
73Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 74 - Cell 2
76Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 76 - Cell 2
78Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 77 - Cell 2
79Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 78 - Cell 2
80Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 79 - Cell 2
81Davide Viganò (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 80 - Cell 2
82Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 83 - Cell 2
85Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 84 - Cell 2
86Rigoberto Urán (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 86 - Cell 2
88Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 89 - Cell 2
91Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 94 - Cell 2
96Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 96 - Cell 2
98Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 99 - Cell 2
101Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 100 - Cell 2
102Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 101 - Cell 2
103Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 104 - Cell 2
106Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 105 - Cell 2
107Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 106 - Cell 2
108Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension DataRow 110 - Cell 2
112Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 113 - Cell 2
115Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 115 - Cell 2
117William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:00:25
118Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-SegafredoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:27
121Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 120 - Cell 2
122Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 123 - Cell 2
125Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 124 - Cell 2
126Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 125 - Cell 2
127Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - MeridaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 127 - Cell 2
129Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 128 - Cell 2
130Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Stef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 131 - Cell 2
133Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 132 - Cell 2
134Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 133 - Cell 2
135Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 135 - Cell 2
137Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 138 - Cell 2
140Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:36
141Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:37
143Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team0:00:40
144Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 143 - Cell 2
145Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:46
146Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lotto SoudalRow 145 - Cell 2
147Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 146 - Cell 2
148Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:00:49
150Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:54
151Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Team KatushaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 151 - Cell 2
153Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 154 - Cell 2
156Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 155 - Cell 2
157Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ0:00:56
158Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:03
159Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:06
160Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:17
161Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:23
162Tom Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 161 - Cell 2
163Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 162 - Cell 2
164Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:01:27
165Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:33
166Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 165 - Cell 2
167Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 166 - Cell 2
168Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 167 - Cell 2
169Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 169 - Cell 2
171Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:40
172Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:54
173Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 172 - Cell 2
174Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 173 - Cell 2
175Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:02:05
176Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:03:02
177Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 176 - Cell 2
178Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 177 - Cell 2
179Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:20
180Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 179 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Scansano, 111.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling5pts
2Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult