Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors) made it 3 victories out of 3 sprints at the Adriatica Ionica Race, sprinting to the win at today’s 5th and final stage. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Mark Cavendish cross the line in 2nd place on the stage with Alvaro Hodeg (Quickstep-Floors) taking 3rd. Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec) won the race overall.
It was a short 124km final stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race, with a finishing circuit in Triesta being the venue for one final sprint showdown. An early break did try it’s hand but with our African Team, Quickstep-Floors and Trek-Segafredo all intent on sprinting for victory, they were never allowed much more than a minutes lead.
The break was caught with 2 laps of the finishing circuit remaining, and then our team did a fine job looking after Cavendish for the finale.
Jay Thomson put in a stellar ride, taking us into the final 3km in the lead, before strong pulls by Ryan Gibbons and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg kept us in the lead under the 1km to go kite. Cavendish took the wheel of Viviani for the finale as Renshaw opened up in front with around 500m to go. There was no coming passed Viviani though as he took yet another stage win, Cavendish securing 2nd place for us.
JP Heynderickx – Sport Director
First edition of the Adriatica Ionica Race was a hard race and had a bit of everything, including a team time trial where we got 4th place, which was a good result for us. A very tough mountain stage was followed by 2 stages where Nic Dlamini worked really hard to bring them to a sprint and the rest of the leadout team was also very good, with Mark Cavendish sprinting to a 2nd place today.