News | Paris-Nice | Tirreno-Adriatico March 7, 2022

Pogačar clocks good performance in opening time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico

Third place for the Slovenian; in France, Molano 8th in a windswept stage

It was a good performance by Tadej Pogačar in the inaugural time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico, 13.9 km in Lido di Camaiore.



Just two days after the efforts that allowed him to achieve a memorable feat on the Strade Bianche, the Slovenian talent managed to shine even on the long straights of the Versilian coast, completing the time trial in 15’35 “(average of 53.497 km / h), a performance that earned him 3rd place on the stage, 18” from the time of the winner Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) and 7” from that of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), 2nd.



Pogačar judged his energies well on the roads of Lido di Camaiore: after the first time check (which came after 6.2 km) which had seen him in 5th place, 12 “ from the time of Ganna, the UAE rider from Team Emirates his pace, climbing two positions and limiting the gap to the winner to 18 ”.



Pogačar: “It was a very intense time trial, on a very fast course. I am happy with my performance and the power I put out: these are sensations that make us look forward to the next few days with confidence. A very busy week awaits us, every day we will have to work hard ”.



The sprinters will be expected in Sovicille, finish line of the 2nd stage (departure from Camaiore, 219 km).



Tirreno-Adriatico – 1st stage results

1. Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) 15:17”
2. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) +7 ”
3. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +18 ”



Tirreno-Adriatico – general classification after the 1st stage

1. Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) 15:17”
2. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) +7 ”
3. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +18 ”


In France, the wind was the deciding factor in the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice, 159.2 km from Auffargis to Orléans, won by Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and with Sebastian Molano 8th.



In fact, 90 km from the finish, the wind and some crashes split the group, leaving about thirty riders at the head of the race, with Molano the only representative for UAE Team Emirates. The Emirati formation saw Matteo Trentin and Brandon McNulty crash.



The Colombian from UAE Team Emirates juggled well to the finish line, avoiding lingering in other fans that opened up again, and then giving up his remaining energies to hit the top 10.
McNulty completed the stage losing 1’29 “, while João Almeida finished 1’53” behind the winner.



The general classification is again led by Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), with Sebastian Molano 23rd at 53 ”.



Fabrizio Guidi, Sports Director: “We had looked at the course and knew we could expect difficult is some sections today. At this point we immediately lost Trentin in a crash. McNulty and Almeida managed to stay in the leading part of the race, but two more crashes in the group delayed them and we were forced to follow for the rest of the stage.
The boys had the determination to fight until the end, trying to contain the gap as much as possible: luckily, Matteo and Brandon did not suffer physical consequences in the falls, so they can try to achieve something good in the next few days.
Molano managed to stay with the leaders and finished to the fore of the group which was good “.



Stage 3 tomorrow will depart from Vierzon and arrive in Dun le Palestel , with a 190.8 km long route in the second part and arrival with a slight climb.



Paris-Nice – 2nd stage arrival order

1. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) 3h22’54 ”
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
8. Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.



Paris-Nice – general classification after the 2nd stage

1. Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) 7h11’15 ”
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +5 ”
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +11 ”
8. Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) +53 “