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Kittel beats Sagan again in Tirreno-Adriatico, Gaviria comes back in final

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Marcel Kittel has the sixth and penultimate stage in the Tirreno-Adriatico won. He was after 153 km in Fano the fastest in a bunch sprint, as in the second stage, he was just a little faster than Peter Sagan. Quick Step Floors was in the last ten kilometers beheaded when sprinter Fernando Gaviria crashed. Michal Kwiatkowski took, however, without injury to the finish line and remains leader: tomorrow on the final day will be the closing time trial to decide on title.

The last stage in line was a last chance for the spurters. Four riders pulled out: the Note Krists Neilands (ICA), the Russian Artem Nych (GAZ), the Italian Jacopo Mosca (WANTS) and the German Marcus Burghardt (BOH).

When the peloton seemed to be approaching, was a tireless Markus Burghardt with 75 kilometers to go, his three companions behind: he clearly has the suitable voorjaarsvorm with the eye on the classics, in the service of world champion Peter Sagan. Against a hunting pack, however, he was outgunned and 18 kilometres from the finish, he was nabbed.

Gaviria go down

Quick Step Floors took immediately the course in the hands, in the service of their sprinter Fernando Gaviria. At eight miles was the Colombian, however, one of the main victims in a massive crash: he drove himself against the rear wheel of his predecessor, and caused the tuimelperte. Peter Sagan could just remain straight but lost a lot of places. Also Geraint Thomas was just bad luck on the side but was met by his team mates Moscon, Castroviejo and… Chris Froome.

Disordered sprint

Quick Step Floors changed, but the rifle of shoulder and Maximiliano Richeze was the sprinter-of-service. Sagan wurmde, however, also to the front and sprinted for the victory. Marcel Kittel made it, however, for the world champion and Richeze. Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) sprinted to the sixth place.

It is the second victory of Kittel in this Tirreno (and this season), also in the second stage, he was just a little faster of Sagan.

Michal Kwiatkowski pulled out without injury to the finish, and remains a leader. Tomorrow/Tuesday, ending the Italian stage race with an individual time trial over 10 km in San Benedetto del Tronto. Kwiatkowski has three seconds ahead of Italian Damiano Caruso (BMC) and 23 seconds on the Spaniard Mikel Landa (Movistar). Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) was eighth and first Belgian in 39 seconds.

Results:

1. Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha – Alpecin)

2. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe)

3. Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors)

4. Sacha Modolo (Team EF Education First – Drapac)

5. Zdenek Štybar (Quick-Step Floors)

6. Jens Debusschere (Lotto – Soudal)

7. Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini)

8. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)

9. Eduard Michael Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini)

10. Rick Zabel (Team Katusha – Alpecin)

Position:

1. Michal Kwiatkowski

2. Damiano Caruso +3”

3. Mikel Landa +23”

4. Geraint Thomas +29”

5. Rigoberto Urán +34”

6. Adam Yates +36”

7. Davide Formolo +37”

8. Tiesj Benoot +39”

9. George Bennett +41”

10. Jaime Rosón +47”

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