Elia sprints to sixth

13 Mar 2017

Elia sprints to sixth

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Elia Viviani sprinted to sixth place following a technical finish to the penultimate stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, while Geraint Thomas held firm on the general classification.

A tough run into Civitanova Marche saw the sprinters tested, with Viviani coming from deep in the pack to narrowly miss out on a top-five finish.
 
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) narrowly held off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the line, with the world champion also putting in an attack on the day's final climb.
 
Thomas crossed the line safely after 168 kilometres, holding station in sixth place overall, 1:23 back on the blue jersey of Nairo Quintana (Movistar). The GC will be decided in a 10km time trial on Tuesday.
 
Diego Rosa was also in the thick of the action, going down on a descent with 78km to go, but was able to brush himself off and rejoin the bunch.
 
The young Italian then hit the front to help contribute to the peloton's chase, shutting down the eight riders in the break alongside Dimension Data and Quick-Step Floors.

Elia Viviani's sprint data courtesy of Velon:
Sprint time: 18 seconds
Speed: 63.1km/h (Max: 66.4km/h)
Heart Rate: 189bpm (Max: 190bpm)
For more details and live in-race data visit:
velon.cc
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Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani

It's another placement and a good feeling ahead of Milan-San Remo. We're just missing the victory!
After the stage Viviani talked TeamSky.com through the action, explaining: "Going in I wasn't sure if I could be there in the first group after the climb but Kwiato managed the pace really well. We were there but maybe too far back at three kilometres to go. But the team did a really big effort and at the flamme rouge I was in the perfect position on Gaviria's wheel. But then Stuyven edged me into the barrier, the rider in front lost a few metres and already I was out of the sprint for first place.
 
"But it's another placement and a good feeling ahead of Milan-San Remo. We're just missing the victory. The good thing during the race is that I have felt okay on all the climbs we have done. We will try again."
Kwiatkowski played a key role in the final kilometres

Kwiatkowski played a key role in the final kilometres

Stage six results:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 4:09:31
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)  s.t.
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 
4. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) 
5. Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) 
6. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 

Overall standings:
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 25:44:28
2. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +50"
3. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) +1:06"
4. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +1:15"
5. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +1:19"
6. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky ) +1:23"
Gaviria won the sprint into Civitanova Marche

Gaviria won the sprint into Civitanova Marche

The peloton had to stop briefly to wait for a passing train

The peloton had to stop briefly to wait for a passing train

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