ORICA-SCOTT push on despite misfortune with sickness at Tirreno Adriatico

Mon 13 Mar 2017

And then there were three. The curse of Tirreno Adriatico struck again for ORICA-SCOTT today with Roman Kreuziger and Luke Durbridge the latest riders forced to withdraw due to sickness.

“There’s nothing to be done,” said Sport director Matt White. “Both Luke and Roman woke up today with the same symptoms as Adam Yates yesterday, Roman was too sick to start and Luke tried, but had to climb off after an hour of racing.”

“It is what it is and we have to be thankful that we are not losing riders to serious injury, only to a virus and one that will hopefully pass really quickly.”

Despite the setbacks the Australian outfit were determined to make the best of it and were right in the mix at the business end of the stage with Michael Hepburn and Daryl Impey pulling the race back together in attempt to set up Luka Mezgec.

In the end a split with 300metres to go saw Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step-Floors) take the stage win from a reduced bunch sprint and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) hold on to the overall race lead ahead of tomorrows final stage.

“The boys tried their best to get a result today,” continued White. “We were up there trying to set the sprint up for Luka, but it wasn’t to be. The split on the final corner really changed the complexion of the finish and that was it.”

“Obviously we will give it our all tomorrow in the time trial and hopefully Daryl, Michael and Luka all wake up without any sickness.”

How it happened:

A relatively short stage six got underway in picturesque Ascoli Piceno this morning with more good weather welcoming the riders to the start line.

A breakaway of eight riders set the early tempo, developing a lead of three minutes after 50kilometres of racing.

ORICA-SCOTT, down to three riders after Kreuziger and Durbridge were also struck down with sickness, were tucked into the bunch throughout a relatively uneventful stage.

The leaders enjoyed their advantage until the pace of the peloton increased inside the final 20kilometres, making the catch with less than ten kilometres remaining.

A technical final unfolded with ORICA-SCOTT lively on the front of the peloton before the bunch split with around 300metres to go with Gaviria jumping clear to take the stage win.

The race concludes tomorrow with a 10.7kilometre individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic coast.

Tirreno Adriatico stage 6 results:

1. Fernando Gvairia (Quick-Step- Floors) 04:09:31

2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST

3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) ST

28. Luka Mezgec (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:06

General classification after stage 6:

1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 25:44:28

2. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 00:00:50

3. Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing) 00:01:06

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