Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did well on Saturday’s queen stage with Omar Fraile in the early breakaway and Natnael Berhane (photo) hanging on to the group of favorites on the final climb. On paper, it was expected that the GC riders would end up fighting for the stage win today. However, that didn’t scare off Fraile, who attacked early on the stage to be part of a five-man breakaway. The group quickly established a gap of four minutes on the peloton but the gap never got much bigger than that. The teams of the overall favorites didn’t want the stage win to get out.
Edvald Boasson Hagen proved, once again, to be in great shape as he represented Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in the group of favorites on the final climb of today’s queen stage. Despite this being a day for the pure climbers, Boasson Hagen didn’t hold back as the peloton took on the final climb. On the 17 km long ascent to Terminillo, our Norwegian champion gritted his teeth and hung on to the leading group for an impressively long time. In 2015, the last time the peloton in Tirreno-Adriatico finished on the climb, the riders crossed the line covered in snow. This time, luckily, the.