Tirreno-Adriatico: Peter Sagan wins stage six in sprint

Slovakia's Peter Sagan of Tinkoff-Saxo on his way to winning the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico
Peter Sagan, left, moved to Tinkoff-Saxo from Cannondale at the end of 2014

Slovakia's Peter Sagan won a sprint finish in a rain-hit penultimate stage of Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico.

Sagan edged out Gerald Ciolek and Jens Debusschere for his first victory with Tinkoff-Saxo, while Colombia's Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead.

Quintana, who was runner-up last year, will take a 39-second advantage over Bauke Mollema into the final day.

Tuesday's final stage is a 6.2-mile individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.

Sagan, 25, was thrilled to win Monday's 130-mile stage six from Rieti to Porto Sant'Elpidio in difficult conditions, after two second-placed finishes in this year's Tirreno and 15 runner-up spots this season.

"Finishing second so often was bad because I wanted to win," said Sagan. "I honestly don't know how many second places I got. So many. It could have been a load of first places.

"But it's all an experience. Life is like that too, sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down."

Stage six result

1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Tinkoff-Saxo) 5hrs 04mins 13secs

2. Gerald Ciolek (Ger/Team MTN) Same time

3. Jens Debusschere (Bel/Lotto) Same time

4. Magnus Cort (Den/Orica) Same time

5. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg/Lampre) Same time

6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team MTN) Same time

7. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Giant) Same time

8. Sam Bennett (Ire/BORA) Same time

9. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit/Cannondale) Same time

10. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) Same time

Classification after stage six

1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 24hrs 58mins 58secs

2. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +39secs

3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Etixx-Quick-Step) +48secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +57secs

5. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff - Saxo) +1min 03secs

6. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +1min 04secs

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +1min 06secs

8. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +1min 07secs

9. Steven Cummings (GB/Team MTN) +1min 12secs

10. Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +1min 13secs