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Thomas denies the sprinters with gutsy move in Tirreno-Adriatico

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Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) successfully completed a marvelous solo attack on stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Having launched what looked like a suicidal solo move in the final kilometers, he held off the chasing peloton by nine seconds to take his first win of the year.

Thomas broke free of a group containing Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Damiano Caruso (BMC) with just over one kilometre to go and was able to hold off the chasing pack to record his first win of 2017.

After the disappointment of the opening stage’s team time trial, Thomas was delighted with the team’s response.

He said: “Obviously it wasn’t a good day yesterday but I was feeling good today and we just wanted to attack the stage. We know every day we have the chance to win stages now so we thought let’s just race each day full gas.

“Thanks to Kwiato, he gave me a bit of freedom at the end and said to have a go if I was feeling good.”

Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 – stage 2 results (Camaiore – Pomarance):

1 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

5:51:44

2 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

+09”

3 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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5 Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

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6 Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

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7 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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8 Rohan Dennis (BMC)

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9 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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10 Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac)

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General classification after stage 2:

1 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

6:15:14

2 Rohan Dennis (BMC)

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3 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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4 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

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5 Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

+16”

6 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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7 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+21”

8 Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac)

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9 Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ)

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10 Jonatha Castroviejo (Movistar)

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