It was a day for the sprinters in the third stage of the 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday and Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Rick Zabel took full advantage of the opportunity to try for a result. The 23-year old German raced smartly and saw a good result for sixth place in the 204k stage from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro.
“It was unbelievably fast. I think we did the last 25k in, like, 25 minutes, the average was so fast. I was working to stay in the front and Reto Hollenstein helped me to be there. It was constantly being switched from being in a good position and then a bad position. At 1k to go I was in a bad position but I did a big effort in the wind and came around. A crash happened right next to me and so many had to brake, I knew others would not be coming from behind. I was on the wheel of 3 or 4 guys, but I didn’t have the legs anymore to do more,” said Rick Zabel.
The stage was won by Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe with a time of 4:51:59 (41.920 km/h). Second and third places, all on the same time, went to Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Jurgen Roelandts of Lotto Soudal. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) is the current GC leader.
Four stages remain in Tirreno-Adriatico. Saturday’s stage 4 begins in Montalto di Castro and ends in Terminillo at 171k.
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