The toughest stage of Tirreno-Adriatico has been won by Nairo Quintana. The Colombian also takes the lead in the general classification. Styby and Etixx-Quick Step worked for Rigoberto Uran and he finished fourth.
“We took a fast start today and the rest of the stage we would develop a good pace. Our goal was to do as good as possible with our leader Uran. And he did it well, with a fourth place, despite the difficult circumstances.”
Styby means there was snow in the final. “We knew it was possible it could rain during the stage, but fortunately it was dry. But in the last 5 kilometers, while climbing the Monte Terminillo, it suddenly began to snow heavily. It was a long 5 kilometers to the top…”
“Personally, I had a bit of bad luck today. I had to change a wheel and later, just before the Monte Terminillo, I also had to change my bike. But better now than next week at Milano-Sanremo. My job today was just finishing and so it didn’t really matter.”