Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski secures overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan

Overnight leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) retained his top spot with one stage to go, though it was far from plain sailing for his team-mates.

Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky became the first Pole to win the Tirreno-Adriatico seasonal warm-up cross-Italy race on Tuesday.

Kwiatkowski started the individual time trial with an advantage of three seconds over Damiano Caruso and he was quicker than the Italian rider at every time check. "I'm just happy I won today".

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Australia's Rohan Dennis celebrates on the podium after winning the last stage of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Caruso held on to second overall ahead of Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, whose time of 11mins 37 secs earned him a podium place, 32 seconds adrift of his team-mate.

The 2014 road race world champion was the fastest of the general classification contenders (GC) on the 10-kilometre race against the clock in San Benedetto Del Tronto. The Australian, who also won the closing time trial previous year, was four seconds faster than Jos van Emden and eight ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo.