Thomas moves into Tirreno race lead

09 Mar 2018

Thomas moves into Tirreno race lead

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Geraint Thomas moved into the overall race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico following an exciting finish to stage three.

The Welshman enjoyed impressive support from his Team Sky teammates on a tough finale in Trevi, and was able to battle to a fourth place finish on the steep final kilometre.
 
That ensured Thomas moved into a slender race lead, level on time with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), but claiming the Maglia Azzurra on account of better stage placings.
 
Team Sky entered the final five kilometres with the entire team on the front, and that strength in depth translated to the general classification. Chris Froome moved up to third overall (+3”), with Michal Kwiatkowski also elevating himself to fifth (+9”). Gianni Moscon was the second rider home on the stage, placing seventh.
 
Kwiatkowski worked hard to set a tempo in a continual battle for position, with Vasil Kiryienka, Jonathan Castroviejo and Salvatore Puccio all pulling hard in the closing stages.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked ahead of the final kilometre and held on to take an impressive victory. A late attack from Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was enough to take second on the stage.
 
After the stage Thomas told TeamSky.com: “It was tough trying to sprint with a load of lactate in your legs. It was a tough old finish but I’m happy with how the legs responded! It’s great to get the jersey – a nice bonus. It might have been better if I didn’t for the team tomorrow, but it’s certainly good for the morale.
 
“The team rode so well today. All of us were strong at the end which is great and encouraging for tomorrow.”
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Sport Director Nicolas Portal was a happy man following the stage, telling TeamSky.com: “Tomorrow we’ve got the first long summit finish. Today we had a punchy one, something for the guys like Sagan and Van Avermaet. So we are obviously happy to finish this one in a good position, taking the lead with G. Froomey is third on GC and Kwiato fifth. Gianni was really good today – he had a crash but was still able to finish in a good position. The team is fantastic. 
 
“The plan for tomorrow is to support our leaders. We have three cards to play so we will see. I’m confident that the guys will climb well on the longer climb, having just come from the Tenerife camp. They should also be in the racing rhythm a bit more after today – so let’s hope for the best.”
Stage three result:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 6:17:23
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +3"
3. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) +6"
4. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +7"
5. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) +10"
7. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 10:52:22
2. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
3. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +3"
4.  Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) +8"
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +9"

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