Marcel Kittel edges out Peter Sagan to win Stage 6, Michal Kwiatkowski retains overall lead
Marcel Kittel (Katusha–Alpecin) edged out Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) to claim stage 6 of Tirreno–Adriatico, while Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski retains the overall lead.
Fernando Gaviria clipped the wheel of a Quick-Step Floors team-mate with 10km to go to decimate the peloton, but, somehow, Pete Sagan, who was on the wheel of the Colombian, managed to avoid the carnage to chase down those at the front.
However, Kittel was able to hold off the challenge of the three-times world road race champion to take the stage, his second of the seven-stage race.
Gaviria’s lead-out man Maximiliano Richeze claimed third.
Kwiatkowski finished safely in the peloton to retain his overall lead going into the final stage time trial on Tuesday. BMC's Damiano Caruso is second some three seconds back with Movistar's Mikel Landa a further 20 seconds back.
Geraint Thomas endured more problems as he suffered a puncture towards the end of the stage.
Thomas hauled his way back to the peloton to remain fourth in the overall standings, 29 seconds down on team-mate Kwiatkowski ahead of Tuesday’s decisive time trial.
“At the end of the day, we have to be really happy with how the stage went because it was a very nervous and hectic finale. We are still leading the race,” said GC leader Kwiatkowski after the race.
With additional reporting from PA
STAGE 6 RESULTS
- 1 Marcel Kittel, (Katusha-Alpecin) 3:49:54
- 2. Peter Sagan, (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:49:54
- 3. Maximiliano Richeze, (Quick-Step Floors) 3:49:54
- 4. Sacha Modolo, (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) 3:49:54
- 5. Zdenek Stybar, (Quick-Step Floors) 3:49:54
- 6. Jens Debusschere, (Lotto Soudal) 3:49:54
- 7. Marco Canola, (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini) 3:49:54
- 8. Simone Consonni, (UAE Team Emirates) 3:49:54
- 9. Eduard Grosu, (Nippo Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini) 3:49:54
- 10. Rick Zabel, (Katusha-Alpecin) 3:49:54
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6
- 1. Michal Kwiatkowski, (Team Sky), 21h 31' 28''
- 2. Damiano Caruso, (BMC Racing), 3s
- 3. Mikel Landa, (Movistar), 23s
- 4. Geraint Thomas, (Team Sky), 29s
- 5. Rigoberto Uran, (EF Education First-Drapac), 34s
- 6. Adam Yates, (Mitchelton-Scott), 36s
- 7. Davide Formolo, (Bora-Hansgrohe), 37s
- 8. Tiesj Benoot, (Lotto Soudal), 39s
- 9. George Bennett, (LottoNL-Jumbo), 41s
- 10. Jaime Roson, (Movistar), 47s