Tirreno Adriático (2.UWT)
Stage 6: Apecchio – Carpegna
The queen stage of the Tirreno Adriatico did not disappoint and the action lasted from the initial part for EOLO Kometa, with a breakaway in which Davide Bais filtered and the movement of Diego Rosa already in the penultimate climb to Monte Carpegna.
It was precisely this double ascent that left the nine-rider breakaway of a very high level without options, where Bais shared the adventure with Simmons (Trek) or the world champion Alaphilippe (QuickStep). Far from opening a gap, they were controlled by the favourites and the race came together again in the hardest zone, where the snow on the shoulders of the road and the low temperatures made their presence felt.
Diego Rosa tried his luck on Monte Carpegna, once Bais was neutralised. In this way, the presence of EOLO Kometa reached the last 20 kilometres, where a move by Pogacar (UAE), once again imperial, certified the partial victory as well as the overall victory of the race. At the finish line, Lorenzo Fortunato was the best placed, extending his effort in that final part to be 17th despite a mechanical incident that relegated him on the last climb to Carpegna.
Diego Rosa: “The stage was long and we went all out, we went in a breakaway with the great Bais, we were covered until the first Carpegna and then … there is little to do: uphill there are 15 riders who have a gear more than us. We tried to stay with them and in the first lap I tried to do something but they didn’t leave us any space, then Fortunato had a problem at the beginning of the climb and we tried to chase. But I think it went well”.