Race report

Quiet day for Team Sunweb at Tirreno Adriatico


With today’s stage set to be the last chance for the sprinters to battle it out for victory, the Team Sunweb riders spent a day in the bunch hoping to save some energy for tomorrow’s important time trial.

However, a strong breakaway ensured that the sprint teams would have to work hard to claw them back in the closing hour of racing, meaning that the pace was kept high. The day ultimately did come down to the expected sprint finish, with all Team Sunweb riders coming home safely in the bunch.

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts explained: “Although it looked like a bunch sprint on paper the race did turn out to be quite difficult with some challenging terrain early on. Our goal was to keep Tom and Sam safe and we’re pleased to have done that; with them both sitting in the Top 10 on GC going in to the final time trial.”

Tom Dumoulin had this to say at the line: “It was a pretty fast day actually, especially in the last 50 kilometres. The guys did a good job at protecting me and I was never in trouble or out of position, meaning that I finished safely in the peloton. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.” 

With today’s results Dumoulin keeps his 4th place on GC while Sam Oomen retains his 8th place and the white jersey of best young rider. All attention now will turn to the last stage of the race; a flat, 10 kilometre out-and-back TT in San Benedetto del Tronto.