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Kwiatkowski Takes Tirreno’18 Overall With TT Ride!
PeloPics: Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the conclusive individual time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico for the second year running. He bettered his performance from 2017 by four seconds on the same 10km course of San Benedetto del Tronto over the same runner-up, Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo). For the overall victory, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) held off Damiano Caruso (BMC) to become the first Polish winner of Tirreno-Adriatico one year after he claimed Milan-Sanremo.

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
A flat 10K in San Benedetto

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA - Bahrain - Merida)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Good training for Vincenzo Nibali

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Geraint Thomas (GBR - Team Sky)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
3rd overall for Thomas

Third placed Geraint Thomas said: “It was slower in the corners when I raced because of the rain. I didn’t want to crash, that was for sure. I knew the stage [win] wasn’t gonna happen but it was a matter of getting on the podium. The gap to Caruso was just too big. It’s 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.”

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Jos Van Emden (NED - Team LottoNL - Jumbo)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
2nd on the stage for Jos Van Emden

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP - Team Sky)   pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Spanish TT champ - Jonathan Castroviejo 3rd on the stage

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Rohan Dennis (AUS - BMC)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Stage win for Australian TT champion - Rohan Dennis

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal Kwiatkowski (POL - Team Sky)   pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Rain for Kwiatkowski

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal Kwiatkowski (POL - Team Sky)   pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
20 more seconds over Caruso for Kwaitkowski

Overall winner Michal Kwiatkowski said: “I was very nervous when I was warming up because it was raining. I was scared that something would go wrong and I’d have to go a bit slower in the corners. But I had good feelings and that’s 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. It’s also one of the hardest stage races to win. It’s 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. I’m confident in Team Sky to support me to try and win Milan-Sanremo again on Saturday.”

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Rohan Dennis (AUS - BMC)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Rohan Dennis - Stage winner

Stage 7 winner Rohan Dennis said in the press conference: “I wasn’t 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 – it’s a good sign. My coach said it’s normal that I struggled in longer days like the Scarponi memorial stage (stage 5). I’ve had some heavy racing for two and half months. I’ll take a break now before I’ll resume racing at the Tour de Romandie ahead of the Giro d’Italia in which I won’t make a big deal of the opening time trial in Israel as I’ll look at the bigger picture.”

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal Kwiatkowski (POL - Team Sky)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Kwaitkowsi and his Tirreno-Adriatico trophy

San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Damiano Caruso (ITA - BMC) - Michal Kwiatkowski (POL - Team Sky) - Geraint Thomas (GBR - Team Sky)  pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto (10.05M) - ITT Time Trial Individual - tijdrijden contre le montre - 13-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
The final podium - Caruso, Kwaitkowski and Thomas

Second placed overall Damiano Caruso said: “It’s 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!”

Stage highlights:


Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7 Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 11:14
2. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:04
3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Sky at 0:08
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
5. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Sky at 0:12
6. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:13
7. Jack Bauer (NZ) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:17
9. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:18
10. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky.

Tirreno-Adriatico Final Overall Result:
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky in 25:32:56
2. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 0:24
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:32
4. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:06
5. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:10
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 1:13
7. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:15
8. Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar
9. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:16
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 1:22.

 


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