Tirreno-Adriatico - Elia Viviani: This victory is important in my build-up to Milano-Sanremo
Mar 16 2019 06:10 am CET

Tirreno-Adriatico - Elia Viviani: This victory is important in my build-up to Milano-Sanremo
Tirreno-Adriatico - Elia Viviani: This victory is important in my build-up to Milano-Sanremo
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Elia Viviani is the first Italian champion to win a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico in 15 years. This is also the first victory of the rider in the Italian race.

Viviani was put in a perfect position for the final sprint by his teammates and he showed his strength by outsprinting Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria. "I am very happy with this win and continuing my good form," the Italian champion commented. "This victory is important in my build-up to Milano-Sanremo not only confidence-wise but also because it came in Italy with the national champion jersey on my shoulders.

"Having it is an honour, that's why I'm trying to enjoy every single moment and give something to cheer about to all the Italian fans who come to see me."

This is the 71st victory for Viviani and the work of the team keeps showing success in the current season. "The guys did a remarkable job and we remained calm at all times despite the break having a big advantage at one point," he said.

"The tricky finish made things chaotic and Sagan came out first from the last bend, but I was in a good position thanks to Styby (Zdenek Stybar) and had a powerful sprint, which helped me maintain my perfect start to the season, with victories in all the races I've started with Deceuninck-Quick-Step."




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