Sagan wins penultimate Tirreno stage; Quintana retains lead

PORTO SANT’ELPIDIO, Italy (AP) — Peter Sagan sprinted through the rain to win the penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, while Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead heading into the final day.

Sagan won a mass sprint to complete the victory in 5 hours, 4 minutes, 14 seconds in difficult conditions over the 210-kilometer (130.5-mile) route from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio, the sixth stage of the race across central Italy.

The Slovak sprint specialist pumped his fists in the air as he crossed the line ahead of Gerald Ciolek and Jens Debusschere for his first victory of the season, after two second-place finishes in this year’s Tirreno.

Quintana tops the overall standings, retaining a 39-second advantage over Bauke Mollema and a 48-second lead over Rigoberto Uran.

Tuesday’s final stage is an individual time trial.