Tirreno-Adriatico #3: Bittersweet day in the saddle

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put on a strong team performance on stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico. Unfortunately, the hard work didn’t pay off in the final sprint.

Today’s stage was the first opportunity for the sprinters to fight for glory. A group of seven riders got away early on the stage but the peloton, led by Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, never let the breakaway get too much of a gap. As the stage progressed, more teams started to help out at the front of the pack and as the riders took on the last 20 km, it all came back together.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was well-represented near the front on the final kilometers. Edvald Boasson Hagen set the pace and Mark Renshaw did well to put Mark Cavendish in a good position. However, as a rider in front of them slowed down, the duo lost momentum and, on the uphill gradients, it was too late to gain back speed. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the win, while Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) moved into the blue leader’s jersey. Cavendish crossed the line in 27th place.

Roger Hammond – Sports director:
“We did a good job controlling the race today. Together with Quick-Step Floors and BMC Racing Team, we made sure the break wouldn’t get too far away. I’m very pleased with the way the guys handled it. We knew the final would be chaotic with 20 km downhill and tailwind. Everybody thinks they can win on a finish like that. The GC riders also worry about losing time, so they too get involved in the sprint, which makes it even more hectic”.

On Saturday, the riders take on the queen stage of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico with the mountain top finish on Terminillo. In 2015, the riders crossed the line on top of the climb covered in snow. Hopefully, the weather will be better this time around.