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

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

Polish cyclist Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates retaining the overall leader's blue jersey after stage six of the tournament.

Britain's Adam Yates won stage five of the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico race as Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski moved into the overall lead.

The Colombian rider collided with Argentine teammate Maximiliano Richeze's wheel and fell dragging a group of riders with him.

First held in 1966, the race has evolved over time to its current format of seven stages over seven days, with sprints, climbs, time trials and an uphill sprint finish.

"When there was the crash with Fernando Gaviria, I was just on the left side of the Quick-Step riders".

"I'm sorry for Gaviria's fall but we remained focused, I am proud of this team".

Germany's Marcel Kittel receives the kisses of the race's hostesses after winning the 6th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, from Numana to Fano, Italy, Monday, March 12, 2018.

"I think we have to be happy with how the stage went as it was nervous, a very hectic final and we are still leading the race", said Kwiatkowski, who 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.

"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.

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.

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.

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