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by Mark Zalewski
March 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria continues strong sprint season at Tirreno-Adriatico; Froome apologises for Team Sky controversy; Pooley says not to judge British Cycling over actions of its leaders; Riders, managers complain ASO has made Paris-Nice too tough; Dumoulin on becoming GrandTour rider; Sagan would be happy to see Boonen win Roubaix; Nibali, team still working on finding their groove; Kreuziger abandons Tirreno, leaving team with four; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage six highlights; Crazy winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour; Commuting can be dangerous.
Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) added another sprint victory to his 2017 palmares, this time in a WorldTour event and beating world champ Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), who amazingly still had a kick after trying a late-stage attack. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finished in third.
“I’m happy to take this victory, it’s a well-deserved success for our squad after a week during which we worked and fought hard,” the Colombian said. “I knew it was the last opportunity for the sprinters and to get another win at Tirreno-Adriatico makes me very happy. This victory gives me confidence for the upcoming races.”
The main break of the day consisted of Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale), Davide Ballerini and Raffaello Bonusi (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Simone Andreetta and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Alan Marangoni (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Jonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk) with Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin) bridging across.
A train forced the peloton to stop at a level crossing and the gap ballooned. However, organisers decided to hold the break at the foot of the only KOM and reestablish the original gap.
The finish featured another tough circuit, which ended the breakaway’s chances. Multiple late-stage attacks came on the tough finish, with Juan José Lobato, Bob Jungels and Peter Sagan, wearing the points jersey, all trying. Finally a trio of Fabio Felline, Mattia Cattaneo and Niki Terpstra got a gap but were eventually reeled back with 2.5km to go by a small sprint group off the front of the peloton.