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Tirreno-Adriatico: Dennis delivers in final TT; Kwiatkowski wins GC

Tirreno-Adriatico: Dennis delivers in final TT; Kwiatkowski wins GC

"Tirreno-Adriatico is one of the hardest stage races to win so I'm really happy to be on the first step".

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.

"The guys were absolutely brilliant today and we went in with a plan that was executed perfectly, they really ramped the pace up on the closing circuit and dropped me off in a great position on the climb".

Peter Sagan was second, while Kwiatkowski was third as he took the lead of the race from Damiano Caruso.

Thomas' fellow Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) moved up a place from sixth to fifth with a time of 12.08, while Lotto Soudal's Tiesj Benoot recorded 12.01 to jump from eighth to fourth.

"I had to go with lower tire pressure".

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Mikel Landa (Movistar) started the day in a podium place, 23 seconds off the race lead, but his time of 12.24 dropped him to sixth overall and one minute 13 seconds behind the GC victor. "It was tricky. I had to be careful but I had good feelings today and that's why I could finish so well".

Kwiatkowski duly held off Damiano Caruso in the final-stage time-trial, which was won by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) for the second year in succession.

Although Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) came close, the Dutchman had to settle for second place, four seconds behind Dennis's time of 11:14 on the 10.05km course.

"To be honest I was nervous about it", Dennis said.

"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.


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