Tim Merlier cuts Ackermann's streak to sprint

The Belgian champion was the strongest sprint on the sixth stage ahead of an Ackermann who had won the previous two volatas. Yates continues to lead.


The Belgian Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fénix), champion of his country, won the sprint on the sixth stage of the 55 Tireno-Adriatico, between Castelfidardo and Senigallia, of 171 km, after which the British Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott). Merlier, 27, with a time of 3h 59m 30s, conquers his second stage win so far in 2020, beating Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Magnus Nielsen (Education First), second in the final meters and third, respectively. Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE) was fourth.

The stage, considered the last suitable for group arrival, had as a break of the day the one starring the quintet made up of Simon Pellaud (Androni G-Sidermec), Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale), Veljko Stojnic (Vini Zabù-KTM) , Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), who barely surpassed three minutes ahead of the peloton. His escape ended about 15 kilometers from the finish line, gambling everything to a sprint where Merlier surprised, as a new duel between Gaviria and Pascal Ackermann was expected, winner of the first two stages and who this Saturday had to settle for second place.

This Sunday the seventh, and penultimate, stage will be held, between Pieve Torina and Loreto, of 181 km, and called the 'walls' for its continuous ascents, although without major peaks.

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