Team Sunweb finish the sixth stage of Tirreno Adriatico safely inside the bunch after being held up by a crash in the final seven kilometres. Attention now shifts to tomorrow’s closing time trial.
Made up of 153 kilometres between Numana and Fano, stage six of Tirreno Adriatico saw a group of four riders jump clear of the peloton during the early kilometres of the stage. With an expected bunch sprint coming up at the finale, Team Sunweb remained tucked in the peloton for the duration of the race.
The final breakaway rider was swept up by the peloton inside 20 kilometres to go and the pace was immediately ramped up in the bunch. A crash in the closing seven kilometres saw Team Sunweb momentarily held up, and whilst not directly involved, the high pace in the main field meant that they would not rejoin in time to contest the sprint.
“It was a very fast and nervous day,” explained Nikias after the finish. “We just tried to stay together and to spin the legs a bit for tomorrow’s TT. On the last lap we tried our best for the sprint. Initially it went quite good with me and Lennard staying together. Unfortunately we were just behind a crash with 7 kilometres to go and it was over for the day result. Now we recover and look forward to tomorrow.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen added: “Our goal today was to sprint with Nikias, but the crash in the final held them both up and meant that they were unable to go for the sprint. We now focus to tomorrow’s ITT where we believe Nikias, Lennard and Chad are all capable of a nice result.”