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Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Milan-San Remo

Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Milan-San Remo

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski expressed pride in his "most important stage-race victory" to date, after winning the Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday. Team Sky's Welshman, though, regained contact and lost no further time on general classification and finished Monday's stage fourth overall just 6sec behind third-placed Mikel Landa (Movistar). When I was warming up it started raining so I was scared something might go wrong.

"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".

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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.

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski wears the overall leader's jersey as he attends the podium ceremony after completing the 6th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, from Numana to Fano, Italy, Monday, March 12, 2018. The Australian, who also won the closing time trial a year ago, was four seconds faster than Jos van Emden and eight ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo. "I was looking at the best times on the course and was thinking, 'What do I need to aim for?'"