Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kwiatkowski delights in Tirreno-Adriatico triumph

Kwiatkowski delights in Tirreno-Adriatico triumph

Caruso moved into the blue jersey following BMC's team time trial win and then handed the lead to teammate Paddy Bevin after stage 2.

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In the 153-kilometre-long sixth stage of the race, from Numany to Fano, on Monday, Germany's Marcel Kittel came first with a time of 3:49.54, while Slovakia's Peter Sagan came second, despite a crash which slowed him down near Fano, and Argentina's Maximiliano Richeze came third, both with the same time as Kittel.

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.

One of the favorites, Fernando Gaviria, touched the wheel of another cyclist and went down, taking others with him.

Kittel's other stage win was for the sprinters on Thursday.

"I don't actually know the final result, just that I won, and that's all that matters", Kwiatkowski said. Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria.

Yates, however, said he had "been feeling good for a few days". We controlled the race. "I was looking at the best times on this course thinking OK 11:20 to aim for", said Dennis.

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 out and back time trial a year ago, Caruso was six seconds faster than Kwiatkowski and believes he can repeat the fast ride.

Dennis was quickest on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

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