Stage victory Alaphilippe in Tirreno, three Dutch in top ten rankings

Julian Alaphilippe has already booked his fifth victory of the year on Thursday. The rider of Deceuninck-Quick Step beat Greg Van Avermaet in a sprint uphill in the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Adam Yates is the new leader.


Julian Alaphilippe has already booked his fifth victory of the year on Thursday. The rider of Deceuninck-Quick Step beat Greg Van Avermaet in a sprint uphill in the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Adam Yates is the new leader.

After 195 kilometers from Camaiore to Pomarance, Alaphilippe was clearly the best in the difficult last hundreds of meters. He almost drove Van Avermaet to a bike length. The Italian Alberto Bettiol was third.

Briton Adam Yates crossed the line in fifth place and took the leader's jersey from his teammate Michael Hepburn. Their Mitchelton-Scott team won the first stage on Wednesday, a team time trial. Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic finished seventh and is now third in the rankings, seven seconds from Yates.

Wout Poels was the best Dutchman in the day result in eighth place. The leader of Team Sky is the number ten in the rankings, 47 seconds from the leader. Tom Dumoulin (sixth in 22 seconds) and his teammate Sam Oomen (seventh in 22 seconds) are also in the top ten.

The 26-year-old Alaphilippe won two stages earlier this year in the Tour of San Juan, one in the Tour of Colombia and last weekend Strade Bianche. His team Deceuninck-Quick Step has seventeen victories.

The Tirreno, which lasts until Tuesday, continues on Friday with a hilly stage of 226 kilometers from Pomarance to Foligno.

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Avatar Author moment of publication 15: 26 - 14 March 2019

Dumoulin and Roglic active in final

Mirco Maestri (Bardiani), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo) went on an adventure almost from the departure in Camaiore. The five got a lead of more than four minutes, but was taken back at the foot of the last hill.

Leader Hepburn had done a lot of work in the chase and had to release almost immediately on the irregular final climb to Pomarance (6.8 kilometers with an average rise of 3.6 percent and peaks of 16 percent).

In the front it rained demarrages. An acceleration from Roglic resulted in a nice leading group with Simon Clarke, Alexey Lutsenko and Dumoulin, who had to close a gap on his own.

The quartet was brought in before the final kilometer, after which Roglic turned on again. Dumoulin had to pass, but he just finished in the front group and lost no time as number eighteen. De Limburger could no longer participate in the sprint, in which Alaphilippe timed well and took the win with force majeure.

The new leader Adam Yates. (Photo: LaPresse - D'Alberto / Ferrari)

Tirreno classification

  • 1. Adam Yates (GB)
  • 2. Brent Bookwalter (US) +0 sec
  • 3. Primoz Roglic (Slv) + 7 sec
  • 4. Laurens De Plus (Call) +7 sec
  • 5. Sören Kragh Andersen (Den) +22 sec
  • 6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) +22 sec
  • 7. Sam Oomen (Ned) +22 sec
  • 8. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) +27 sec
  • 9. Kasper Asgreen (Den) +37 sec
  • 10. Wout Poels (Dutch) +47 sec

REF: https://www.nu.nl/wielrennen/5790681/ritzege-alaphilippe-in-tirreno-drie-nederlanders-in-top-tien-klassement.html