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Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
« on: March 13, 2019, 18:02 »
 I guess it falls to me to fill in how the day's events unfolded.
Well, the race began under leaden skies, over damp roads and it turned out to be a trial in more than the intended sense.
 It's hard to describe the surreal nature of what happened next and they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so....

 Anyhow, the early leaders EF were soon surpassed by those perennial winners, Deceuninck - Quick Step and they held the lead for quite a while, until pre-stage favourites, Team Jumbo-Visma knocked their time out of the park.
They look odds on to win, as various teams came home well outside their time, until there was a single team left to finish, Mitchelton-Scott. Adam Yates's team of big boy roulers were ahead of the Roglic lead Jumbo all along the course.
However, the fat lady hadn't yet sung and within the final km a thin lady arrived, almost to steal her Aussie backing band.
 Again, switching to pictures.

Where these double whammy incidents leave the organizers and the marshaling/policing, I know not, bearing in mind how a couple of years ago, a similar incident, again involving Sagan, occurred on their other, "wide open" ITT course.
 Enough said for now, so onto the stage results.

 Footnote: One rider was OTT and unfortunately, it was the guy who has had so many team issues: Nacer Bouhanni.
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