Julian Alaphilippe shocked the sprinters and won a bunch sprint in Monday’s sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico.
The 26-year-old crossed ahead of Italians Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate Elia Viviani, who were second and third respectively.
It was the second win for Alaphilippe after his stage two triumph.
“We wanted to do a good lead-out for Elia, but on the last lap, he told me if I wanted to try the sprint… I said ‘OK, I will be your last lead-out man,'” Alaphilippe said. “In the end, Max Richeze did a really impressive last big pull, and I was behind. I saw the line at 200 metres and I just went full gas. It’s incredible.”
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) holds the leader’s blue jersey going into Tuesday’s final stage in the ‘Race of the Two Seas’.
The seventh stage is a quick 10km individual time-trial down the flat Adriatic seafront at San Benedetto del Tronto.
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Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 – stage 6 results (Matelica – Jesi):
|1||Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|2||Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)|
|3||Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|4||Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)|
|5||Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|6||Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|7||Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)|
|8||Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)|
|9||Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)|
|10||Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)|
Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 – general classification after stage 6:
|1||Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|2||Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)|
|3||Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)|
|4||Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)|
|5||Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|6||Wout Poels (Team Sky)|
|7||Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)|
|8||Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)|
|9||Simon Clarke (EF Education First)|
|10||Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)|