photo credits @ Tirreno-Adriatico
Elia Viviani won a second consecutive stage for his Deceuninck-Quick Step team in the Tirreno-Adriatico today, after the Italian sprinter piped Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to win stage 3 in Foligno.
Meanwhile, Adam Yates, who took control of the general classification following yesterdays’ lumpy stage where the Mitchelton-Scott rider finished in fifth spot, retained his blue leader’s jersey after finishing safely in the peloton.
The British rider now leads his teammate Brent Bookwalter with the same time, while third-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) goes into tomorrow’s stage seven-seconds down.
A small breakaway group containing riders like Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom-RusVelo) and Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia), managed to ride clear early on in the stage.
However, despite being out front for most of the stage, the escapees were eventually reeled by the peloton with just 4 kilometers to go.
From there, teams began organizing themselves around their respective sprinters during the final kilometer.
Sagan was the first rider to launch his sprint, while Viviani and Gaviria were quick to mark his move.
Viviani ultimately emerged victorious, nixing the three-time World Champion on the line by mere millimeters to snatch the stage honors.
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