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

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

Going into Tirreno-Adriatico as a big-name sprinter with no wins to his name and there was talk that Marcel Kittel's season was in crisis.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski expressed pride in his "most important stage-race victory" to date, after winning the Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday.

Kwiatkowski remained three seconds ahead of Damiano Caruso, with Mikel Landa 20 seconds further back.

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, center, victor of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race, celebrates on the podium with second placed Damiano Caruso, left, and third placed Britain's Geraint Thomas, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The Pole found himself as Sky's leading contender when team-mate Geraint Thomas suffered a mechanical issue on Saturday's fourth stage. When I was warming up it started raining so I was scared something might go wrong.

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"I've been feeling really good on the climbs, especially the steeper sections and with the situation on the general classification we knew that we needed to race intelligently to get a stage win and try to move back up the overall", Yates said after his impressive win.

Kwiatkowski will aim to hold off specialist Caruso in the final stage 10km time-trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, a resort on the Adriatic coast.

Dennis posted a time of 11 minutes and 14 seconds to pip Jos van Emden (Lotto NL-Jumbo) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) to victory in the concluding 10-kilometre time-trial.

"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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