Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe on the attack

Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe on the attack

The lumpy 170km stage 3 got off to a rather uneventful start, six men booking a place in the breakaway as soon as the flag was waved. The attackers worked well together and built a comfortable advantage over the peloton, but as soon as the road went up, the chasers increased the tempo and gradually reduced the difference before putting an end to the escapees’ adventure at the front with 40 kilometers to go.

At the intermediate sprint outside the small town of Amelia, two men – including the defending champion – rode away from the peloton to get the bonus seconds, and were quickly joined by Julian Alaphilippe and one other rider. A short glance over the shoulder convinced the quartet to keep pushing and soon their advantage grew to almost 30 seconds, an unexpected move that sounded the alarm in the peloton.

Several teams keen on having the stage end up in a bunch sprint combined forces and chased hard to reduce the gap to the strong attacking group, which continued to make it difficult for the pack, who reeled them in only on the outskirts of Terni. Alaphilippe decided that his work wasn’t over and stormed to the front at 2km to go, with Kasper Asgreen in his wheel. The Ronde van Vlaanderen winner took over before the flamme rouge and produced one of his trademark long lead-out for Davide Ballerini, who once again contested the sprint and finished just outside the top 10 as Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) grabbed the victory.

Remco Evenepoel enjoyed a quiet day in the bunch and continues to sit second in the overall rankings and top the youth classification, despite his lead having been cut to three seconds consequence of that intermediate sprint.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:07:24
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
3 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
4 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
5 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
6 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
8 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
0:00
9 Elia Viviani
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
10 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
12 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
27 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
39 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
79 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
120 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
141 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
159 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:30
1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
9:48:04
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
0:14
4 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:24
5 Alex Dowsett
Israel - Premier Tech
0:25
6 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:28
7 Tobias Ludvigsson
Groupama - FDJ
0:32
8 Jos van Emden
Jumbo-Visma
0:33
9 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:39
10 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:39
28 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:55
29 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:57
89 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:30
105 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:40
155 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:17
1 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
2 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
15 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
8 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
9 pt
9 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
9 pt
10 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
8 pt
11 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
18 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
23 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Davide Bais
EOLO-Kometa
10 pt
2 Luca Rastelli
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
3 pt
3 Francesco Gavazzi
EOLO-Kometa
3 pt
4 Mirco Maestri
EOLO-Kometa
2 pt
5 Davide Gabburo
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
2 pt
6 Edoardo Zardini
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1 pt
7 Umberto Marengo
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:48:15
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
0:03
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:17
4 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:40
5 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:46
6 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:51
7 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
0:54
8 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
0:57
9 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Fenix
1:03
10 Valentin Ferron
TotalEnergies
1:04
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:59
1 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 29:25:34
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:07
3 UAE Team Emirates 0:22
4 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 0:47
5 Jumbo-Visma 0:48
6 Israel - Premier Tech 1:02
7 Astana Qazaqstan Team 1:11
8 Movistar Team 1:21
9 EF Education-EasyPost 1:27
10 Groupama - FDJ 1:31

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