Tirreno-Adriatico results & GC: Michal Kwiatkowski wins overall tour

Kwiatkowski takes Tirreno lead as Yates wins stage

Kwiatkowski takes Tirreno lead as Yates wins stage

With AP Photos.Marcel Kittel has won his second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race and Michal Kwiatkowski remains in the overall lead ahead of the closing time trial.

"That's my most important stage race victory", Kwiatkowski was quoted as saying by cyclingnews.com.

He added: "I tried a couple of stages ago but I came second".

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski pictured after winning the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy today.

Kittel's other stage win was for the sprinters on Thursday. Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by a crash with about seven kilometers left of the 153-kilometer sixth stage from Numana to Fano.

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If you were looking for the unluckiest rider in the professional peloton, then you'd be hard-pressed to find a less fortunate rider than Geraint Thomas.

"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".

The leading riders all had to deal with a damp course, with early finisher Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) taking stage victory in a time of 11 minutes and 14 seconds - 20 seconds quicker than Kwiatkowski.

Chris Froome, who was out of the running in the GC standings after a number of mechanical issues during the week, finished in the same time as team-mate Kwiatkowski.

With Porte ill, Van Garderen at Paris-Nice (where he abandoned on stage one after crashing into a car), and Dennis seemingly short of form despite focusing on the Giro this year, Caruso seized his opportunity with a strong second place finish overall.

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