Thomas close at Tirreno

11 Mar 2017

Thomas close at Tirreno

Geraint Thomas narrowly lost out to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in a brutal battle up the Terminillo on Tirreno Adriatico’s queen stage.

Quintana attacked with five kilometres to go to leave Thomas, Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and earlier leader Simon Spilak (Katusha Alpecin) behind and was able to hold off a spirited chase to finish 18 seconds ahead of the Welshman.

Mikel Landa was also in pursuit and finished eighth, while Thomas’ result moves him up to eight overall in the general classification, 1’23” behind race leader Quintana, but just 27 seconds from the podium. 

Earlier it looked as though a long distance break may prevail as a six rider breakaway had a lead of nine minutes over the peloton, which would later extend to over 10 minutes.

However, as the ascents began to take their toll on the leaders, their advantage was halved with 40km to go before they were snapped up by the peloton with just 30km to go, despite a late counter-attack by Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec).

The battle really started in the final stages as Michal Kwiatowski led a small breakaway containing five riders, which gave birth to Spilak’s solo break that nearly paid dividends. 

However, the Slovenian rider was caught by the group led by Quintana and Thomas with two kilometres to go before the Movistar rider was able to accelerate again and set up his march to the overall lead.

Following the stage Thomas was pleased with his display. Tap below to see exclusive video reaction. 
Geraint Thomas reacts to stage four of Tirreno

Geraint Thomas reacts to stage four of Tirreno

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