Slovenian triple champion Luka Mezgec was looking forward to the chance of contesting the sprint on stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico before a big crash in the final ten kilometres held up the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider and robbed him of the opportunity.
Fortunately, Mezgec was not injured and it was Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) who ended up taking the stage win from the ensuing bunch sprint with Adam Yates protecting his sixth place on the general classification.
Four riders attacked as soon as the neutral flag dropped out of Numana and the scene was set for another day behind the breakaway before the sprinters teams organised themselves for the last opportunity of this year’s race.
After reaching a maximum of close to four minutes the attentive peloton rode tempo over the rolling roads up the East coast towards the finishing circuits in Fano, keeping the quartet at three minutes as the rain fell.
Approaching Fano and there was only Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe) left out front at one-minute and the German was the first to enter the tricky finishing circuits with the bunch getting closer.
|1||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Katusha-Alpecin||03:49:54|
|2||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Bora-Hansgrohe|
|3||Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) - Quick-Step Floors|
|4||Sacha Modolo (ITA) - EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale|
|5||Zdenek Stybar (CZE) - Quick-Step Floors|
|6||Jens Debusschere (BEL) - Lotto Soudal|
|7||Marco Canola (ITA) - Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini|
|8||Simone Consonni (ITA) - UAE Team Emirates|
|9||Eduard Grosu (ROM) - Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini|
|10||Rick Zabel (GER) - Katusha-Alpecin|
|21||Adam Yates (GBR) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||03:49:54|
|28||Jack Bauer (NZL) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||03:49:54|
|47||Daryl Impey (RSA) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||03:49:54|
|72||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:00:45|
|104||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:02:24|
|119||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:04:31|