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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):

1Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

5:51:44

2Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

+09”

3Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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5Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

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6Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

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7Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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8Rohan Dennis (BMC)

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9Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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10Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac)

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General classification after stage 2:

1Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

6:15:14

2Rohan Dennis (BMC)

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3Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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4Damiano Caruso (BMC)

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5Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

+16”

6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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7Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+21”

8Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac)

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9Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ)

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10Jonatha Castroviejo (Movistar)

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