Jonas Vingegaard and Jonathan Milan share a laugh before stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.

Tirreno-Adriatico wrap-up: Democratic sprints, new tech, and victorious Vingegaard

It's rare that we focus on the sprints at a stage race, but with Vingegaard stamping all over GC, the fast men provided the entertainment.

Race leader Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike) shares a laugh with points classification leader Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) before stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2024. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 10.03.2024 Photography by
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It was inevitable, really. Jonas Vingegaard was not the only GC contender at Tirreno-Adriatico, but even so, he seemed to be in a race of his own with his rivals apparently content to settle for second place.

With the two-time Tour de France champion putting Juan Ayuso, Jai Hindley et al. in their places, the drama could be found elsewhere – in the sprint stages, believe it or not. Sure, at least two of them were conventional bunch gallops, but a mix of democratic form, unfavourable conditions, a technical olde worlde finale and the defiant ambition of Uno-X Mobility made the flat finishes the high points of the race.

Jonas Vingegaard during the stage 1 time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.
Vingegaard is somewhere under that ENORMOUS helmet, and frankly, this photo doesn’t even do its broad canopy justice.
Jonathan Milan celebrates with teammate Simone Consonni after winning stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.
Jonathan Milan and Simone Consonni appear to be settling in well at Lidl-Trek.
Jonas Vingegaard in the blue race leader's jersey on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.
Race leader Vingegaard won stage 6 by 26 seconds over best-of-the-rest Juian Ayuso and Jai Hindley, extending his overall lead to one minute 24 seconds.

Brief stage-by-stage results:

  1. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates)
  2. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck)
  3. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious)
  4. Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek)
  5. Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike)
  6. Jonas Vingegaard
  7. Jonathan Milan

Quote of the race

“I think I’m the first human in this race. Chapeau to Jonas. I think he right now is on another level so we have to fight for second, I’m happy.

“I really tried to hold on his wheel when he went, as I think everybody could see when I had to completely stop and get some air because I exploded, but I’m happy [I kept on] trying, trying to contest him and trying to go for the stage. And then it was impossible, but I think I improved from yesterday and I think I’m on the right track.”

Ayuso after stage 6, on which he came second between Vingegaard and Hindley for the second day running.
Jai Hindley and Juan Ayuso lunge for the line on stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.
The best of the rest, Jai Hindley and Juan Ayuso have been mano-a-mano in the battle for the podium, the Spaniard winning the lunge for the line in both hilly stages to reflect his runner-up status overall.

Brief analysis

Jonathan Milan lunges for the line ahead of Jasper Philipsen in the stage 4 bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico 2024.
Milan’s fourth consecutive top-10 finish at Tirreno was as good as it could get, winning a good old-fashioned bunch gallop to reward the stage-long hard work of his new Lidl-Trek teammates.

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