Penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico: foreign spurtzege for Julian Alaphilippe

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Voorlaatste etappe Tirreno-Adriatico: vreemde spurtzege voor Julian Alaphilippe

In Tirreno-Adriatico, they were at the penultimate stage. After two tough jobs in the mountains, there was this time a stage for spurters on the program. Seven escapees tried inevitable to avoid but were not in their intent. Sprinting and with therein showed, surprisingly enough, Julian Alaphilippe, however, in the first instance, a climber, is the fastest. The points race ends tomorrow with a short time trial in which Adam Yates his lead of 25” on the Go Roglic will try to defend.

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With only two top sprinters in the race – Viviani and Gaviria – hoped the escapees that they still have a chance would have to take the peloton by surprise. Seven riders chose an early in the stage between Matelica and Jesi to the high seas. Among them, Gijs Van Hoecke, CCC-team mate Greg Van Avermaet. The seven never got more than 3’30” but was also not just to get back. With slightly more than twenty kilometres to go, splashed the front of the race apart: the duo Ballerini (Astana) – Rojas (Movistar) accelerated, Van Hoecke tried in vain doesn ” t matter to pick up.

With ‘only’ two players in the striker of the match increased, of course, the chance of a bunch sprint. Deceuninck – Quick Step and UAE, drove the pace ever higher, supported by Bora and an ambitious Peter Sagan.

At three kilometers from the end the last of the escapees to remind you for the effort and could spurtersploegen prepare for the predicted massaspurts. Deceuninck – Quick Step led perfect for Viviani but it was, surprisingly enough, Julian Alaphilippe from the wheel of leadout Richeze as first over the finish line swept. Jens Keukeleire was the best countryman in seventh place.