Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico: A Day for the Climbers12. March 2016, La Madone D’Utelle (FRA) / Foligno (ITA) — Road Team
Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico headed for the hills today in what were tough days of racing for both pelotons.
Porte Fourth in Summit Showdown
The Queen stage of Paris-Nice didn’t disappoint and a showdown for the yellow jersey took place on the La Madone D’Utelle summit finish.
Richie Porte crossed the line in fourth place, seven seconds behind stage winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was just edged out of the stage win but moves into the Yellow Jersey, with Alberto Contador finishing in third place.
Porte now sits in fourth on the General Classification, 21 seconds behind Thomas.
“It wasn’t a hard final climb, but it was a bit of cat and mouse. At the end of the day I’m happy with how the team were today. They were around me all day and put me in a great position,” Porte said.
“There’s one more day so we just have to see what happens. I don’t think it’s over yet.”
It was an excellent display from the entire team, BMC Racing Team Sports Director Fabio Baldato said.
“Richie did a great ride. I need to say thanks to the guys because they really were next to him and in front of him all day. He’s at a good level but it’s not his best level so that result is a good indication of what’s to come.”
Eighth for Van Avermaet in First Mountains Day at Tirreno-Adriatico
Stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico wasn’t only the longest stage of the race at 222km but was also the first real taste of climbing with four categorized climbs.
In the last 20km of the race, attacks were coming from all directions and it was a move with 3km to go by Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) that proved successful.
BMC Racing Team leader Tejay van Garderen was well protected all day by his teammates and crossed the line safely in the reduced peloton. Greg Van Avermaet finished in eighth place in the bunch sprint for the minor placings.
“It was nervous and after these hard climbs I don’t think many riders had many teammates left to really control the race. I think we were the only team left with four guys,” van Garderen said.
“I think tomorrow you’ll see more of a tempo rather than today which was so punchy. It was just a long day today with a lot of headwind but I think tomorrow we will see the real GC battle. I feel good, the team’s looking strong and we’re ready to tackle the next big days.”
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