Kittel edges Sagan on Tirreno-Adriatico stage six

Marcel Kittel stage 6 tirreno adriatico 2018

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) claimed his second stage win in this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, edging triple world champion Peter Sagan in a crash-marred sixth stage to Fano.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) holds the overall race leader’s blue jersey in ‘The Race between Two Seas’ ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC) going into Tuesday’s final stage, a time-trial.

The 153-kilometre ride from Numana was marked by a mass crash eight kilometres from the finish provoked by Fernando Gaviria, which forced Sagan, who was on his wheel, to take evasive action.

The Colombian rider collided with Argentine teammate Maximiliano Richeze’s wheel and fell dragging a group of riders with him.

Sagan did a slalom and came out unscathed but had to work to catch the peloton, pulling ahead by jumping the curb of a roundabout, but could not match the power of Kittel.

“The guys did a great job and I’m proud of the team,” said Kittel, who also won Thursday’s second stage at Follonica. “We controlled the race and I’m really happy to be able to win for the team.”

“I’m sorry for Gaviria’s fall but we remained focused, I am proud of this team.”

Richeze finished third with Gaviria suffering a broken left hand which requires surgery and could sideline him for a month, his team said later.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 – stage 6 results (Castelraimondo – Filottrano):

1 Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

3:49:54

2 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors)

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4 Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac)

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5 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

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6 Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal)

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7 Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini)

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8 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)

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9 Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini)

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10 Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

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General classification after stage 6:

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

25:21:22

2 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+03”

3 Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+23”

4 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

+29”

5 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)

+34”

6 Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

+36”

7 Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)

+37”

8 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

+39”

9 George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+41”

10 Jaime Roson (Movistar)

+47”

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