Simon Yates claims overall Tirreno-Adriatico victory

Simon Yates claimed overall victory in the Tirreno Adriatico after holding off his rivals in the final stage time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto on Monday.

The 28-year-old rider went into the 10km time trial with a 16-second cushion over Rafal Majka and finished a handy 17th.

Geraint Thomas used his strong time trial skills to finish fourth in the stage but was unable to claw back a 39-second deficit on Yates in the overall standings.

Thomas, who will ride the Giro d’Italia after being left off his team’s Tour de France roster, finished second overall, 17 seconds behind Yates with Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) dropping down to third place.

“It’s my only stage race win outside the Vuelta and I’m just happy I could finish off the job of the team who did a fantastic job all week and today it was up to me,” said Yates.

“I had time gap updates, but I was still going full gas. You never know until the last moment so I just tried to go to the maximum possible and I’m happy I could pull it off.”

Thomas’s team mate Italian Filippo Ganna won the time trial in a rapid 10 minutes 42 seconds, 18 seconds better than Victor Campenaerts (NTT).

Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 – stage 8 results (San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto ITT):

1Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers)

10:42

2Victor Campenaerts (NTT)

+18”

3Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers)

+26”

4Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)

+28”

5Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama-FDJ)

+33”

6Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)

+34”

7Jos Van Emden (Jumbo-Visma)

+39”

8Nathan Van Hooydonck (CCC)

+40”

9Jan Tratnik (Bahrain McLaren)

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10Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+42”

 

Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 – final general classification:

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

32:07:34

2Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)

+17”

3Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

+29”

4Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+56”

5Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana)

+58”

6Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+01’18”

7James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+01’41”

8Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling)

+02’12”

9Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

+03’02”

10Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

+03’10”

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