FANO, Italy (AP) — Marcel Kittel received his second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race and Michal Kwiatkowski remained in the total lead on Monday in advance of the closing time trial.
Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by a crash with about seven kilometers still left of the 153-kilometer (95-mile) sixth stage from Numana to Fano. Maximiliano Richeze was 3rd.
Just one of the favorites, Fernando Gaviria, touched the wheel of an additional bike owner and went down, getting some others with him. Sagan was just driving Gaviria and someway managed to stay upright, but the planet champion was compelled to use a whole lot of energy to get back again up to the entrance of the peloton.
Kittel’s other stage earn was for the sprinters on Thursday.
“When there was the crash with Fernando Gaviria, I was just on the still left side of the Fast-Step riders. Seconds afterwards I read it was Gaviria. I really feel sorry for him, but we remained concentrated on our target,” Kittel said. “I am quite happy of the group. We controlled the race.
“We constantly said that we would decide after Tirreno-Adriatico if I’d go to Milan-Sanremo but issues are now hunting fantastic after two stage wins.”
Kwiatkowski remained three seconds in advance of Damiano Caruso, with Mikel Landa 20 seconds more back again.
“I didn’t want to lose Tirreno-Adriatico by a handful of seconds devoid of attempting to get the time reward in the intermediate sprint,” Kwiatkowski said. “I didn’t make it but, at the conclusion of the day, we have to be quite happy with the stage and continue to keep emphasis on tomorrow’s time trial for a perfect conclusion.”
The closing stage is a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) unique time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.
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