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Tirreno-Adriatico. Stage 3. Davide Ballerini takes top 10 in bunch sprint

It was a bunch sprint that decided stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Astana rider Davide Ballerini taking a ninth place behind winner Elia Viviani. Adam Yates remains the race leader, Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko are now in the top 20 overall with the hardest stages of this Tirreno-Adriatico still ahead.

- It was a good and relatively easy day for our team, as we were able to stay out of trouble and stayed compact during the race. In the final, I tried to go for a sprint. I was riding in the wheel of Elia Viviani, but I lost it in the final kilometer and missed the right moment to start my sprint. That was disappointing because my legs were feeling good. But I learned from it and will try again next time, but from now on our focus will be to support our leaders Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko, - said Davide Ballerini.

It was the longest stage of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, 226 kilometers from Pomarance to Foligno. A challenging day for the riders, as a group of six riders got clear right after the official start. The advantage of the day’s break was never more than 4 minutes, as the peloton controlled the gap and closed it before finishing in a bunch sprint. Elia Viviani was the fastest sprinter of the day, finishing in front of Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria. Davide Ballerini finished in the top 10 by taking a ninth place. Adam Yates leads the race with just over a minute on Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko, who both entered the top 20 overall.

Tomorrow the riders face another long stage, starting from Foligno to finish in Fossombrone after 221 kilometers of racing, including two hard HC categorized climbs in the final 20 kilometers.


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