Marcel Kittel victorious at Tirreno-Adriatico
Mar 08 2018 04:40 pm CET

Marcel Kittel victorious at Tirreno-Adriatico
Marcel Kittel victorious at Tirreno-Adriatico
Photo of Marcel Kittel ©Tim De Waele

Marcel Kittel of Katusha-Alpecin has won the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The German beat Peter Sagan and Giacomo Nizzolo in the final sprint.

Following Wednesday's team time trial, Thursday offered the first regular stage of this year's edition of the Italian race. The route was 172 kilometers long, starting in Camaiore and finishing in Follonica.

A group of three rode away from the peloton early on, with Alexandr Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Jakopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia and Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy) built an advantage of more than seven minutes.

The trio was caught at about 12 kilometers from the finish line however, just as the peloton was beginning to prepare for the finale.

This preparation was heavily disturbed shortly after, when a crash in the middle of the peloton held up many riders. Most of the sprint favorites however, made it through unscathed.

In the sprint, Katusha-Alpecin's new signing Kittel was well delivered by his teammates and powered to victory ahead of Sagan and Nizzolo. Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky and Patrick Bevin of BMC completed the top five.

Bevin's fourth place allows him to surpass his teammate Damiano Caruso for first place in the overall standings.






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