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Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
« on: March 17, 2019, 20:51 »
 If you are looking to find a balance for having two time trials entrenched in a race, then there's a lot to be said in support of this year's parcour, over the traditional big mountain top finish. Instead of the usual couple of kms of trying to put the boot into opponents, the weekend has seen action from the GC contenders, for well over 60kms of racing.
Today saw Astana  #astana complete the second leg of the weekend double and also made it a Mediterranean Sunday double.
First, Dario Cataldo reduced the peloton to just half a dozen or so riders, including the blue jersey of Yates  #mitchelton and his main rival Roglič  #jumbo.
Astana then launched Fuglsang over the top of the penultimate ascent of the Muro di San Pietro, after Alexis Vuillermoz  #ag2r and Tiesj Benoot  #lotto had tried their own attack.
 Together, Yates and Roglič (with the latter mostly sitting on the former’s wheel) set off in pursuit of Fuglsang, in the process picking off the final remnant of the day’s initial break. At this point a honourable mention has to go to Mads Pedersen  #trek who died several deaths on the final lamp ramps, but still held on to finish 7th on the stage.

 At the foot of the final climb of Muro di San Pietro, 3km from the finish, they remained 52 seconds adrift, and 42 seconds ahead of a chasing group of other GC contenders, including Dumoulin  #sunweb.
 Roglič laboured to hold Yates wheel on the steeper gradients of the climb, and was dropped altogether 2km from the finish.
 Yates was however unable to catch Fuglsang, who, after his advantage had dipped to around 30 seconds, held his nerve to claim victory.

 Unfortunately, Adam Yates, even with a 25-second lead, says he will not win the Tirreno-Adriatico. Which since tomorrow is all about the sprinters, means the ITT and Roglič's trump card. Last year, the gap between the pair was 36". Then again, Simon.................

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