Thomas secures fifth at Tirreno

14 Mar 2017

Thomas secures fifth at Tirreno

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Geraint Thomas completed a superb week of racing by jumping up to fifth place overall on the final day of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Welshman put down a strong marker across the 10-kilometre time trial course around San Benedetto del Tronto, doing enough to jump up a place on the general classification in the process.
 
Eighth on the day, Thomas came home just 16 seconds back on the winning benchmark of Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), taking valuable seconds out of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) to grab a top-five finish.
 
Thomas and the team rebounded from a tough start to the event, winning stage two and gradually climbing the leaderboard each day, eventually finishing just 58 seconds back on the Maglia Azzurra, after losing 1:42 on the opening team time trial.
 
Watch the video to hear Thomas' full reaction after the stage.
Geraint Thomas stage seven reaction

Geraint Thomas stage seven reaction

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

It's a good boost for morale and it shows the work I've been doing - all the hard yards - is paying off. Hopefully I can push on from here.
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) put together a well-paced ride to clock the winning time of 11:18, three seconds ahead of Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo). Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was able to measure his effort and made sure of race victory, 25 seconds back on Dennis.

Vasil Kiryienka and Gianni Moscon were the next Team Sky riders home in the TT, finishing in 22nd and 24th place respectively.
 
Stage seven time trial result:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 11:18
2. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) +3"
3. Michael Hepburn (Orica-Scott) +3"
4. Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) +8"
5. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +11"
8. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +16"
 
Final standings:
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 25:56:27
2. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) +25"
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +36"
4. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +45"
5. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +58"

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