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Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
« on: March 14, 2019, 17:51 »
 The day’s breakaway, which formed in the opening 20km, consisted of Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo).
 The action was sparse until the 20km mark, when Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front and started to drive the pace on a descent, causing a momentarily split in the peloton.
 Peter Sagan was dropped early on and rode home with battered team mate Rafal Majka, in the bus. At least they fared better than Sky's Gianni Moscon, who was forced through sickness to abandon.

The road ramped up to 16 per cent at the 8km mark, sparking Mitchelton-Scott into action as they drove up the pace to test their rivals.
Daniel Oss was the first launch an attack 5.9km from the finish, holding a slim advantage for less than a kilometre before being swept up by the driving peloton.

 The attacks finally split the peloton, as a small, elite group formed at the head of the race. Inevitably, the GC contenders failed to cooperate and were caught with just over a km to go, leaving Alaphillippe and Van Avermaet to contest the uphill sprint.

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