Marcel Kittel celebrates for the second time in Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 12 2018 05:28 pm CET

Marcel Kittel celebrates for the second time in Tirreno-Adriatico
Marcel Kittel celebrates for the second time in Tirreno-Adriatico
Photo of Marcel Kittel ©Tim De Waele

Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel has won the sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The German was the fastest at the final sprint, beating Peter Sagan and Max Richeze.

The shortest stage of the Italian race was 153 kilometres long and suitable for sprinters. Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Artem Nych (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Selle Italia) escaped early on the day and got an advantage of more than three minutes over the peloton.

With 70 kilometres to go, Burghardt was left alone in front by his companions, who continued chasing to reconnect with him.

In the last intermediate sprint of the day, Greg Van Avermaet and Patrick Bevin (BMC) battled with the current leader of the race Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) to avoid that he would take any bonus seconds, as Damiano Caruso is just three seconds behind him in the GC. The two riders succeeded and left the Pole without bonuses.

At 20 kilometres from the finish, Burghardt was caught and Quick-Step Floors took on the role of setting the pace, in order to allow Fernando Gaviria to have a good position for the final sprint.

With seven kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that affected riders like Gaviria, as well as BMC's Bevin and Michael Schär, and was skillfully avoided by Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).

The World Champion managed to get back to the front despite being held up by the crash and fought in the final sprint with Marcel Kittel, but the rider of Katusha-Alpecin showed to have better legs and took his second victory in the 2018 edition of the race. Sagan was second and Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) crossed the line third.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) keeps the leader's jersey after arriving safely with the pack.


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