Adriatica-Ionica review: Elia Viviani dominates, Ivan Sosa tops GC
Jun 24 2018 10:09 pm CET

Adriatica-Ionica review: Elia Viviani dominates, Ivan Sosa tops GC
Adriatica-Ionica review: Elia Viviani dominates, Ivan Sosa tops GC
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The newly created Adriatica-Ionica race has had the dominance of Quick-Step Floors and Elia Viviani for the fast stages, while Colombian Ivan Sosa topped the General Classification. Here is an overview of the five days of racing in Italy.

The 2.1. race kicked off with a 23.3-kilometre team time trial between Ciclabile del Piave and Lido di Jesolo. Quick-Step Floors finished in the first position after stopping the clock at 25 minutes and 28 seconds, and Elia Viviani took the lead of the General Classification.

The second stage of the Italian race was 152.5 kilometres long and took the riders between Lido di Jesolo and Maser. The racing day was set to finish in a bunch sprint and after leading the chase on the escapees, Quick-Step put Viviani in a good spot for him to take the victory ahead of Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini). This was the 40th win for the team in the 2018 season.

The next racing day was the Queen stage that was over a route that featured two climbs of the first category and a mountain finish on an hors-category ascent. A late attack with two kilometres to go gave the victory to Colombian Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocatolli-Sidermec) and the leader's jersey.

The penultimate stage of Adriatica Ionica was the longest of its first edition, covering a route of 229.2 kilometres. Viviani showed once again his good form and after being launched by teammate Alvaro Hodeg, he outsprinted Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo, while Hodeg crossed the finish line in the third position.

The last day of racing in Italy was over a 124.6-kilometre round and was also bound to finish in a bunch sprint. Quick-Step Floors did once more an outstanding job that Viviani finished up by crossing the line ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

The Italian rider also topped the points classification at the end of the race. Sosa took the overall lead and Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Ildar Arslanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) stepped on the second and third position of the final podium, respectively.



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