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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) claimed stage 6 of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, marking the Slovakian rider’s first win of the season.
Indeed, Sagan went on to beat Gerald Ciolek (MTN – Qhubeka) and Jens Debusschere in a sprint finish, after 210 kilometers of racing from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio.
Meanwhile, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) retained his lead in the overall classification – 39 second ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing).
A small breakaway group containing Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing), Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) and Alessandro Vanotti (Astana), succeeded in riding clear of the main field during the final 40 kilometers of today’s race. But, despite their valiant effort, the escapees were eventually reeled in by the peloton during the final 5 kilometers.
From there, MTN – Qhubeka proceeded to positioned their man, Ciolek, at the front for the final sprint. However, Sagan read their moves to perfection, as the Tinkoff-Saxo rider came around Ciolek inside the final 150 meters to snatch the victory.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN – Qhubeka
3 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge
5 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka
7 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
10 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
General classification after stage 6
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 24:58:58
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:39
3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:48
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:57
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:03
6 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:04
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06
8 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:07
9 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN – Qhubeka 0:01:12
10 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:01:13
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