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Thomas and Pinot share the spoils on final day in Tour of the Alps

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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the final stage of the Tour of the Alps, outsprinting Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in Trento.

Thomas had an answer for every attack on an exciting final day of racing, eventually crossing the line in third place in Trento to ensure he became the first Brit to win the race overall.

After Peter Kennaugh, Philip Deignan and Kenny Elissonde set a tempo on the front, the real action kicked off on the Monte Bondone. An early attack from second-placed Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) caused surprised and blew the group apart.

Thomas was able to calmly ride across the gap, before fending off a further two attacks from the Frenchman. Mikel Landa put in a mammoth ride to drag himself back to the group, setting a hard tempo and pacing an elite lead group down the final major descent.

Pinot launched one further acceleration on the day’s late final climb, and despite winning the sprint for stage victory he was unable to claw back enough time on Thomas. Seven seconds was the eventual winning margin.


Tour of the Alps 2017 – stage 5 results (Smarano – Trento):

1Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

5:13:01

2Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

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3Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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4Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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5Mikel Landa (Team Sky) +02”
6Michele Scarponi (Astana)

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7Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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8Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)

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9Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec)

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10Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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Final general classification:

1Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

20:49:37

2Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

+07”

3Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

+20”

4Michele Scarponi (Astana)

+27”

5Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

+42”

6Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)

+52”

7Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+54”

8Danilo Celano (Italy)

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9Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec)

+1’02”

10Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Sidermec)

+1’16”

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