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Tirreno-Adriatico - Final
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/13/2018
Tirreno-Adriatico - Final
 
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March 13, 2018

Kwiatowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico

Sky's Michal Kwiatowski has won the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico retaining the Maglai Azzurra after finishing ahead of his rivals in the final Individual Time Trial won by Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Kwiatowski managed his effort to perfection in the final stage of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico, a 10.05km Individual Time Trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. Th ePolish rider finished 12th, just behind teammate Chris Froome and 20 seconds behind winner Dennis. More significantly he more then held off the threat of Damiano Caruso to finish 24 seconds ahead of the Italian with Geraint Thomas leap frogging Mikel Landa who put in a poor performance.

Dela Cruz Stage 8

Michal Kwiatowski with Neptune's Trident

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) had to dig deep to win the deciding individual time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico for the second year running. He took off four seconds from his his 2017 performance over the same runner-up, Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Rohan Dennis

Michal Kwiatowski with Neptune's Trident

For the forst time since Vicenzo Nibali's victory in 2013 the overall winner didn't win a stage.

Overall winner Michal Kwiatkowski said: ďI was very nervous when I was warming up because it was raining. I was scared that something would go wrong and Iíd have to go a bit slower in the corners. But I had good feelings and thatís how I could finish it off so well. Tirreno-Adriatico is the most important stage win in my career so far. This is a beautiful race with a beautiful trophy. Itís also one of the hardest stage races to win. Itís been a difficult week for Team Sky. We had some bad luck with Geraint Thomas but, at the end of the day, we were really motivated to have a very good race. We did it. The trident trophy gives me a wonderful feeling. Iím confident in Team Sky to support me to try and win Milan-Sanremo again on Saturday.Ē

Kwiatowski

Michal Kwiatowski with Neptune's Trident

Stage 7 winner Rohan Dennis said in the press conference: ďI wasnít coming to Tirreno-Adriatico for GC. I was supposed to ride in support of Richie Porte and, once Richie was out, Damiano [Caruso] got called out. Today, I was hopeful that I could repeat last year or go a bit better. I went faster Ė itís a good sign. My coach said itís normal that I struggled in longer days like the Scarponi memorial stage (stage 5). Iíve had some heavy racing for two and half months. Iíll take a break now before Iíll resume racing at the Tour de Romandie ahead of the Giro díItalia in which I wonít make a big deal of the opening time trial in Israel as Iíll look at the bigger picture.Ē

Second placed overall Damiano Caruso said: ďItís a very good result for me and for my team. It makes me more confident for the next races. Kwiatkowski is a very strong guy. This morning I knew it would be very difficult to beat him. I gave my best. To keep the second place over Geraint Thomas who is a specialist is good!Ē

Third placed Geraint Thomas said: ďIt was slower in the corners when I raced because of the rain. I didnít want to crash, that was for sure. I knew the stage [win] wasnít gonna happen but it was a matter of getting on the podium. The gap to Caruso was just too big. Itís nice to be third. On a personal note, the mechanical I had when I was leading the race cost me the race personally but at least the team was still strong enough to win.Ē

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Azzurra†(blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom - Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

  • Maglia Arancione†(orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful - Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia)

  • Maglia Verde†(green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati - Nicola Bagioli (Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini)

  • Maglia Bianca†(white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by FIAT - Tiesj†Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Stage 7 Results and Final GC





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