Date: Friday, 15 March 2019
Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) won for the first time on the roads of the Tirreno-Adriatico winning the group sprint of the third stage of the Race of the Two Seas. On the finish line in Foligno he beat three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) . Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintains command of the General Classification .
1 - Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - 226 km in 5h36'45 ", average 41.499 km / h
2 - Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) st
3 - Fernando Gaviria Rendon (UAE Team Emirates) st
1 - Adam Yates (Mitchelton - Scott)
2 - Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton - Scott) st
3 - Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo - Visma) at 7 ″
Stage winner Elia Viviani said: "It was a relatively quiet stage, sometimes the break even reaches a twelve-minute advantage, today it was not so. This morning we agreed with the UAE Team and we checked the race with one rider each. The goal was technical but the last corner was not dangerous. Peter Sagan launched the sitting sprint, he is not a pure sprinter, but after 230 km of racing he can beat anyone. Fortunately I still had some extra energy, in those moments you are never sure if you still have some, especially after such a long fraction. This is my first success in Italy in the Italian jersey: it is an even more special victory ”.
The Blue Shirt, Adam Yates , said: "The next two villages will certainly be the most demanding of the Tirreno-Adriatico. The fifth stage seems to be the hardest but as I have already said, we will see how things go day by day. The guys on the team have worked great all day keeping me covered to be cool tomorrow; we will try to do something. I have two opportunities to gain time in the standings before the last individual time trial. If I could do it tomorrow it would be fantastic, otherwise I'll wait for the next day . "
It is the first victory for the Tirreno-Adriatico for Elia Viviani, the 155th for an Italian rider. It is the first from that of Adriano Malori in the individual time trial opening in 2015. The longest fast (24 stages) for home runners in all the history of the Race of the Two Seas is therefore finished. The Malori Parmesan was also an Italian champion - but a time trial - when he won at Lido di Camaiore four years ago. The last Italian road champion to establish himself with the tricolor jersey was Paolo Bettini in Paglieta in 2004 (he wore the leader's jersey of the General Classification when he won the 6th stage, two days later, at Torre San Patrizio).
Peter Sagan is at his 19th stage podium at the Tirreno-Adriatico. The first dates back to the third stage of 2012, in Terni, on the eve of his first victory, in Chieti. The last podium placement of a stage was his second place in the 6th stage in Fano last year, beaten by Marcel Kittel.
Stage 4 - Foligno - Fossombrone 221 km
The schedules of Stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport are available at this link .