Unlike the closing stage to Paris Nice, Tirreno Adriatico’s final day was a nailed-on sprint on such a flat finale. It meant that barring any incidents, Primož Roglič was sure to take his 2nd victory in the Italian race and his second iconic trident trophy. And so it played out. we got the expected sprint and Jasper Philipsen was able to best Dylan Groenewegen and Alberto Dainese to the line.
Whilst the end of the race was super flat, the first half was decently hilly. That allowed a break to form that managed to take 3 and a half minutes gap from the peloton before reaching the flat 15km finishing circuit for 5 laps. The sprint teams did their job and the break was caught with 12km of the stage to go. The slightly earlier-than-ideal catch led to plenty of jostling for position on the twisty tight roads. Alpecin-Deceuninck won this particular battle, in no small part due to Mathieu van der Poel who launched another huge lead-out for Jasper Philipsen. His second of the week.
Philipsen used Soudal-Quickstep’s Davide Ballerini, who swung off once he realised he wasn’t towing Fabio Jakobsen, leaving a clear run to the line for the Belgian.
“It’s great to return to the peloton in this way. My main goal was to gain race rhythm here and to suffer. I managed to do both. That I would also take three stage wins and win the final classification, I certainly did not expect. I may be on the podium by myself, but actually, we should be there with the whole team. The guys worked really hard all week to help me get the win and deserve it as much as I do. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve had here with them.”Primož Roglič
2023 Tirreno Adriatico Stage 7 result
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