Agressive at Offida
12 March 2012

Tirreno-Adriatico (st. 6)

Amador and Samoilau make day's break until final lap into awaited, final Offida circuit, with Ventoso not able to keep the pace of the fourteen riders contesting the victory via late attack

Movistar Team went on the attacking mood at the sixth, penultimate stage in the 47th Tirreno-Adriatico, 181 kilometers with absolutely no rest through the six laps of the 16k hilly circuit in Offida. The telephone squad did not want to wait for the decisive loop and, after an hour of racing, launched Andrey Amador and Branislau Samoilau into the seven-man group that led the race for more than 130 kilometers. The teams interested on the stage win did not let them gain more than five minutes of advantage, and his gap was reduced progressively until the final 8k, when the selected group of favourites bridged across as only Amador, Pauwels (OPQ), Vichot (FDJ) and Betancur (ASA) were keeping the lead.

Despite the constant presence by Visconti, Intxausti, Lastras and Ventoso into the main group, the attacks by the GC favourites through the last ascent to Ponte delle Pietre left a 14-rider group on front, with the Movistar Team riders really close to be in. Despite the attempts to chase the lead down in the final 3k, the junction of both groups remained impossible and Fran Ventoso had to content with a 15th place as best sprinter into the second group, 16 seconds behind Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), whose late attack awarded him the victory. Horner (RNT) is still in the race lead before the last stage, over 9.3 kilometers of individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.