Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tirreno-Adriatico results & GC: Michal Kwiatkowski wins overall tour

Tirreno-Adriatico results & GC: Michal Kwiatkowski wins overall tour

The BMC rider dropped to second following the tough stage 5 finale into Filottrano and now sits three seconds off Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).

Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski claimed the Tirreno-Adriatico week-long race as he retained the overall leader's blue jersey after the final individual time trial on Tuesday.

"I didn't want to lose Tirreno-Adriatico by a few seconds without trying to get the time bonus in the intermediate sprint", Kwiatkowski said.

Kwiatkowski ended up 24 seconds ahead of the Italian, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was third, 32 seconds back.

Despite losing the race lead, Caruso explained that he is not giving up on taking the overall win. Today, I was hopeful that I could repeat previous year or go a bit better.

He may be a little concerned with the ease with which Sagan was able to out-sprint him on stage six, but it will still be hard to bet against the Pole repeating his 2017 triumph. "In the final, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) went off alone and behind BORA-hansgrohe started to work to try to catch him". Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria.

Fernando Gaviria has been ruled out of Saturday's Milan-San Remo after braking his hand on Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates on the podium after winning the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Kwiatkowski remained three seconds ahead of Damiano Caruso, with Mikel Landa 20 seconds further back. Providing the GC men with a slightly easier day after a testing weekend of racing before the race defining time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. "I am looking forward to it", said Caruso.

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