The third stage of action at Tirreno Adriatico saw a group of six attack after 12km of racing, whilst Team Sunweb remained in the peloton. The breakaway managed to take a gap of up to 3 and a half minutes and the peloton were happy to let them spend some time up the road. With 60km to the finish a flurry of teams took to the front of the peloton and upped the pace to reel the breakaway riders in one by one. As the roads narrowed towards the race finish Team Sunweb fought for position towards the front of the peloton. Speeds reached 50kph in the final metres of the race and the team went on to take two top 10’s with Georg Preidler taking 9th place, followed by Ramon Sinkeldam in 10th.
After the stage Ramon Sinkeldam said: ‘Our first focus was Tom today and the guys did a great job so that I could stay with Tom into the final. When it became obvious that it was going to come down to a sprint I had the confidence to go for a result. Unfortunately a crash towards the finish spoiled my chances and I was only able to manage 10th. I’m pleased that the team were able to take two top 10s and it was a good day protecting Tom.”
“Today the plan was to protect Tom’s position in the GC,” said Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek. “There was a risk for crosswinds and splits in the bunch. The team worked well and stayed in the right position in the right moments. We tried to split things up in the last 15km but it didn’t work out. The crash in the final spoiled the chances for a better result but we can be satisfied with our two top 10’s and the overall delivery of team work today.”