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Gaviria wins stage, Quintana leads Tirreno into final day

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 13, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.



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CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) — Fernando Gaviria won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Monday, and Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead heading into the final leg.

Gaviria, who rides for Quick Step, held off world champion Peter Sagan in a bunch sprint at the end of the 168-kilometer (104-mile) route from Ascoli Piceno to Civitanova Marche to win by half a bike wheel. Jasper Stuyven was third.

"In Stage 3, I crashed and the legs weren't excellent, but now I'm going well," Gaviria said. "The climb before the finish made the race a little Milan-San Remo today. It's always a nice duel with Peter Sagan but also a fight with the other riders."

Quintana remained 50 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot, who moved into second, and 1 minute, 6 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis.

The breakaway was halted for three minutes near the halfway point after the peloton was held up at a train crossing.

Tuesday's final stage is a 10-kilometer (6-mile) individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.

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