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Press Releases | 14.03.2019

Davide Formolo just misses top 10 on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

The first road stage of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico saw riders make their way south down the coast from Camaiore on a 195km parcours that took in two categorised climbs ahead of a final categorised ascent to Pomarance. With both Rafał Majka and Oscar Gatto starting the stage after their collision with a pedestrian on yesterday’s TTT, the BORA-hansgrohe team was still at full strength on the second day of racing. After 10km, a group of five made their way up the road, building up a lead of four minutes that stood for most of the day. It wasn’t until the closing 30km that the peloton started to reduce the gap, the catch being made 13km from the finish, however, the Slovak National Champion, Peter Sagan, was caught out here by a puncture and was unable to get back in the bunch. The day’s final climb had its steepest slopes at the bottom – a gradient of 16% ready to put riders into the red before a gentler ascent to the line. With just under 6km to go, Daniel Oss stretched his legs, going on the attack, and while he was swiftly brought back, the Italian rider set the tone for the fast-paced finale that followed. A reduced group contested the finale, with BORA-hansgrohe’s Davide Formolo coming in just outside of the top ten in twelfth spot after fighting hard on the final climb.

 

Results

01  J. Alaphilippe       4:48:09

02  G. Van Avermaet      +0:00

03  A. Bettiol                   +0:00

12  D. Formolo                +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a fast climb and since our chances for a GC position were dashed with the crash yesterday, Daniel tried to attack at the bottom of the last climb and then controlled. When Lutsenko gave it a go, to anticipate the sprint, I tried to follow but it didn't work out and there nothing more we could in order to force an early sprint." – Davide Formolo

 

"After yesterday's bad crash we wanted to see how Rafał and Oscar would feel in the stage. In addition, with Peter still recovering from his sickness we didn't know how it would play out. Overall, the guys felt OK but then we had more bad luck. Peter had a puncture going downhill, about 15km to the finish, and it wasn't possible for him to get back to the main group. The rest of the guys took their chances, Davide tried as well in the final kilometres but it didn't work out. I could say it was a normal racing day for us and we look forward to the upcoming stages." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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