Kittel has left champion Sagan behind claiming his second win in this season’s Tirreno-Adriatico tour. On the other hand, Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski has taken the race’s overall lead ahead of Italian rider Damiano Caruso going into today’s last stage of the event.
“The guys did a great job and I’m proud of the team. We controlled the race and I’m really happy to be able to win for the team,” said Kittel, whose yesterday’s victory came after winning the second stage last week at Follonica.
“I’m sorry for Gaviria’s fall but we remained focused, I am proud of this team.” Kittle said after the 153km route from Numana saw a major crash caused by Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step) who suffered a broken left hand. Now the rider has to undergo an urgent surgery which can potentially keep him out of the road for at least one month or two, his team confirmed.
“I think we have to be happy with how the stage went as it was nervous, a very hectic final and we are still leading the race,” Kwiatkowski said. “Caruso is such a good time triallist and he is racing in his home, Italy,” said Kwiatkowski.
🎙 @marcelkittel: “The boys did a great job. I’m very proud of the team today. There’s nothing to complain about. We controlled the race. I’m very happy to win for the team”. #TirrenoAdriatico pic.twitter.com/yfdiIcQRlC
— Tirreno Adriatico (@TirrenAdriatico) March 12, 2018
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage six brief Results
Marcel Kittel (Ger), Katusha-Alpecin – 3:49:54
Peter Sagan (Svk), Bora-Hansgrohe
Maximiliano Richeze (Arg), Quick-Step Floors
Sacha Modolo (Ita), EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
Zdenek Stybar (Cze), Quick-Step Floors
Jens Debusschere (Bel), Lotto Soudal
Marco Canola (Ita), Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
Simone Consonni (Ita), UAE Team Emirates
Eduard Grosu (Rom), Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
Rick Zabel (Ger), Katusha-Alpecin
General classification after stage 6
Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol), Team Sky – 25:21:22
Damiano Caruso (Ita), BMC Racing Team
Mikel Landa (Spa), Movistar Team
Geraint Thomas (GBr), Team Sky
Rigoberto Uran (Col), EF Education First-Drapac
Adam Yates (GBr), Mitchelton-Scott
Davide Formolo (Ita), Bora-Hansgrohe
Tiesj Benoot (Bel), Lotto Soudal
George Bennett (NZl), LottoNL-Jumbo
Jaime Roson (Spa), Movistar Team
Albo d’oro | Roll of honour
2009 Michele Scarponi pic.twitter.com/8ulmWw0xPD
— Tirreno Adriatico (@TirrenAdriatico) March 13, 2018