Thomas takes overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico as Roglic wins stage 3

Primoz Roglic stage 3 tirreno adriatico 2018

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) moved into the overall lead at the Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday as Primoz Roglic rode to an uphill victory at the end of the third stage.

Roglic was involved in a crash on Thursday, but the Slovenian rider attacked with just over 1 kilometer remaining of the 239-kilometer (149-mile) route from Follonica to Trevi.

Adam Yates crossed the line three seconds behind Roglic, and Tiesj Benoot was a further three seconds behind in third.

”It was my tactic to attack from far out because I’ve already lost some sprints in my career,” Roglic said. ”I couldn’t wait till the end so I just went flat out after I got a gap.

”I came to Tirreno-Adriatico for GC but I lost my hopes yesterday. My bike was damaged in the crash. So I switched focus to on other goals. I got my stage win and I’m happy with that.”

Thomas moved into the lead with the same time as Greg Van Avermaet, who won the opening time trial. Chris Froome moved up to third, three seconds behind Thomas, his Team Sky teammate. Another Team Sky Rider, Michal Kwiatkowski, is fifth, nine seconds behind Thomas.

There were a number of crashes on the hilly route, one involving race leader Patrick Bevin. Simon Geschke was the worst affected and had to be taken to the hospital.

The fourth stage on Saturday is a rolling 219-kilometer (136-mile) route from Foligno to Sarnano-Sassotetto, ending in a mountain-top finish.

”A lot can happen tomorrow. It’s a long climb and having strength in numbers is good,” Thomas said. ”Hopefully I’ll feel good but if I don’t then hopefully Froomey or Kwiato will be on a good day, too. We’ve got options. It’s a great position to be in.”

Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 – stage 3 results (Follonica – Trevi):

1Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


4Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


5Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)


6Mikel Landa (Movistar)


7Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)


8Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


10Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)



General classification after stage 3:

1Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


2Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


3Chris Froome (Team Sky)


4Damiano Caruso (BMC)


5Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)


6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


7Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


8Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


10Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)



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