Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis takes final stage

Sergio Conner
March 14, 2018

Overnight leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) retained his top spot with one stage to go, though it was far from plain sailing for his team-mates.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski won the overall Tirreno-Adriatico title after the 10km seventh and final stage individual time-trial finished in Italy today.

Kwiatkowski started the stage with a three-second advantage over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) but pushed his overall winning margin to 24 seconds with an impressive display.

"I don't actually know the final result, just that I won, and that's all that matters", Kwiatkowski said.

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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.

The 53rd edition of the competition, known as the Race of the Two Seas, was scheduled to end on Tuesday with a 10-kilometre time trial stage in San Benedetto del Tronto. Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) came closest to toppling the Australian national champion but was four seconds shy and had to settle for second place. "I was looking at the best times on this course thinking OK 11:20 to aim for", said Dennis.

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