Fernando Gaviria wins the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, beating world champion Peter Sagan in Italy.

Fernando Gaviria, 22, got the better of Peter Sagan Monday at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning a sprint finish in Civitanova Marche after 168km of racing. Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), leader in the Italian race’s points classification, didn’t quite have the extra gear to push past Quick-Step’s Colombian sprinter in the final 50 meters of racing.

“The climb before the finish made the race a little Milan-San Remo today,” Gaviria said. “It’s always a nice duel with Peter Sagan but also a fight with the other riders. I’m glad I got this one.”

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Early in the day, a railroad crossing caused some confusion as the breakaway slipped through before the crossing arms dropped, delaying the peloton. Race officials decided to stop and restart the break and peloton just prior to the mountains classification sprint, which caused a bit of consternation among the riders.

On the finishing circuit around Civitanova Marche, the lead group of eight dwindled to four, then two. With about eight kilometers to go, Trek-Segafredo’s Fabio Felline launched an attack and caught the breakaway duo of and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Ben Gastauer (Ag2r La Mondiale). He also brought Ballerini’s teammate Mattia Cattaneo along for the ride.

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) went across to the leaders, swapping places with Gastauer, who was dropped.

Behind, a few others, Jan Bakelants and Peter Sagan, tried to bridge to the breakaway, but none could get across the gap to Terpstra, Cattaneo, and Felline. However, it didn’t matter as the sprinters marshaled their teams to catch the break with a little under 3km to go.

Orica-Scott led out the sprint under the red kite with 1km to go. Lotto-Soudal took over for Jens Debuscherre, as a small group split off the front of the peloton.

Gaviria opened up the sprint from fifth wheel, and though Sagan hopped into his slipstream and came close to edging out the Colombian on his right side, the world champion had to settle for second place. Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven sprinted to third.

Movistar’s Nairo Quintana kept his lead in the overall, finishing in the peloton, but he’ll face one more challenge Tuesday before he can claim the blue leader’s jersey for good. Stage 7 is a 10.05km individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.

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