Kittel wins Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski retains the Maglia Azzurra 


Fano, 12 March 2018 – The German rider Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) won the fifth stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 153km from Numana to Fano. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) retains the Maglia Azzurra of General Classification leader.

1 – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) 153km in 3h49’54”, average speed 39.930kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.

1 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
2 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) at 3”
3 – Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) at 23”


Maglia Azzurra (blue), General Classification Leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
Maglia Arancione (orange), Sprinter Classification Leader, sponsored by Sportful – Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains Classification Leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati – Nicola Bagioli (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider General Classification Leader, sponsored by FIAT – Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Marcel Kittel, said: “When there was the crash with Fernando Gaviria, I was just on the left side of the Quick-Step riders. Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria. I feel sorry for him, but we remained focused on our goal. It worked well. The boys did a great job. I’m very proud of the team today. There’s nothing to complain about. We controlled the race. I’m very happy to win for the team. We always said that we’d decide after Tirreno-Adriatico if I’d go to Milan-Sanremo but things are now looking good after two stage wins.”

The Maglia Azzurra, Michał Kwiatkowski, said: “I didn’t want to lose Tirreno-Adriatico by a few seconds without trying to get the time bonus in the intermediate sprint. I didn’t make it but, at the end of the day, we have to be very happy with the stage today and keep focus on tomorrow’s time trial for a perfect end.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) 10.0km
Start: San Benedetto del Tronto, Viale Tamerici
Finish: San Benedetto del Tronto, Viale Buozzi
First Rider Start: 13:00
Last Rider Finish: 16:10 Approx.
Time Keeping Point: km 4.4 – Porto d’Ascoli
Race Headquarter: Hotel Calabresi, Rotonda Giorgini, San Benedetto del Tronto

Individual time trial of 10,050m, on a route that mainly follows the final circuit of the conclusive stages of the late 90s and recent 2000s, and has been the same since 2015. The start ramp is located in Viale Tamerici (south wharf). From here, riders proceed towards Porto d’Ascoli along the sea. From Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto (intermediate time recording – km 4.4), the route runs a further 750m before heading back towards San Benedetto del Tronto, where the race ends on the traditional home stretch in Viale Buozzi. The last 2.5km are almost on straight ground.

Final kilometres
The last 3km run along wide and mainly straight roads. The route runs along the seafront (upward lane) towards the finish line. 2.5km before the finish, a double bend leads to the straight home stretch (2,500m) on 8m wide tarmac road.


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PHOTO CREDIT: LaPresse – Ferrari / Spada

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