Tirreno-Adriatico Time Trial (Final Stage)

Rohan Dennis wins final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico to finish second on GC, Nairo Quintana does enough to win the overall

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Tirreno-Adriatico Time Trial (Final Stage)

After over 1,000km of racing the final podium at Tirreno-Adriatico came down to a 10km time trial along the San Benedetto del Tronto seafront with Rohan Dennis proving that he was the fastest man against the clock, taking the stage win and securing second overall on the General Classification

Overall winner, Quintana

As Dennis headed out onto the course, he was chasing the early benchmark set by Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) of 11’21”. But with the course being completely flat it was the perfect time trial for the current Australian national time trial champion to show why he is known as one of the best time trialists in the world, clocking a time of 11’18” on the line.

With only two riders still to come home, it was a short but nervous wait in the hot seat to find out the outcome of the General Classification. In the end, Dennis’ time was enough to see him move into second overall, 25 seconds behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).

Rohan Dennis … You started this week with a win in the team time trial and finished it off with the win today. Can you describe how this week has been for you?

“It has been a very good week for both myself and the team. To start off with a win and then hold onto the leader’s jersey for three days was great. I am really happy that I was able to take the win today and move into second overall on the GC. The work the team did for me over the whole week was incredible. Today’s victory really shows that all of the guys’ faith in me was worth it.”

How was it out on the course today? “It wasn’t easy. I went out to half way trying to stick to one plan and then try and lift the pace for the second half. I tried to break it up into little parts, thinking about when I could get a rest and when I couldn’t. But it was a tough course out there, especially with the headwind home.”

Overall winner Nairo Quintana: “I’m really happy with this victory. Tirreno-Adriatico is a really beautiful race, one that I really like, and conquering it again makes me proud, for all the effort I put here and especially my Movistar Team, which supported me all the way to this time trial. I knew I had to go strong today, I couldn’t let the specialists put too much of a gap over me.

Yet, I was calm and confident that I could secure the victory with the advantage I held. With all rivals we had to face and such a tough course, it’s a really prestigious victory to take. It’s a tribute to all those supporting me and my team-mates, for the help they offered me all week.

“Taking part in races like this one is always important, and not only because the win that’s at stake. In the end, it’s also a Giro d’Italia-organised event, and that makes sure you’ll find finishes very much similar to those you’ll have to tackle in the Giro. For us, getting to know the roads, reinforce our bond as a team, get used to the pace we’ll find in May – it’s all about getting focused on that first GT goal of our season.

“I leave this race with a better feeling that I had when I came here. Currently I’m not at 100% fitness, I’m still lacking some form before heading into the Giro. Some important weeks are coming up, with some training at home, enjoying my family and friends and getting to my best condition. I don’t feel like all those victories in the early season mean I’m reaching the top of my career’s physical condition, either. I’ve been growing it and obviously one can end up thinking there must be a limit to his progression, but I’m hopeful that the best times are still to come.”
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Jos Van Emden (2nd on stage) “When you’re so close, you just want to win. I’m very disappointed,” Van Emden said. He also lost the Eneco Tour time trial last year to Dennis. “It’s the second time that I’ve missed a WorldTour victory because Dennis is faster. I didn’t constantly look at the TV screen. I really don’t like it. When you see all those times, you’re just nervous. I’ve never been that nervous. It really sucks.”

Geraint Thomas (5th on GC): It’s a good boost for morale and it shows the work I’ve been doing – all the hard yards – is paying off. Hopefully I can push on from here.”

Steve Cummings (4th on stage): “With this kind of short effort, there isn’t a lot to think about. You just have to go for it and that’s what I did today. When you get this close to the best, sometimes you wish you were further down”.

Greg Van Avermaet (former winner): “I am happy with my Tirreno-Adriatico. There were a few chances for me, but I leave this race feeling good, and I am happy with my form. I didn’t come into this race looking to defend my title, it was about continuing my preparations for the Classics, and I think it has been a success in that respect. I am looking forward to the races coming up.”

Manuel Quinziato 19th (BMC): “I did what I could today, and honestly I am happy with my shape this week as I had a late start to the season. I think I did a good job on the way out today and then on the last few kilometers, I dropped the speed a little. But I can be happy, and I feel like I honored my national champion’s jersey. It has been a really great week for the whole team so, I think we can leave Tirreno-Adriatico satisfied that we all gave 100%.”

BMC Sports Director, Max Sciandri: “I think we took the maximum we could out of this race. Winning the opening team time trial was an important goal for us and then being able to back it up with the final stage win capped off a great week. Regarding the General Classification, I think we can be really happy with how Rohan Dennis performed. He rode exceptionally well and this week has been a great learning experience for him.”

“For Tejay van Garderen this was only his second race of the season, and it was his first big test. It was good to see him finding his racing mindset once again, and I thought he looked good when he attacked at the end of stage 5. The rest of the team did a great job all week. The guys rode well as a team, and it was great to see how strong guys like Manuel Quinziato, Daniel Oss, and Jempy Drucker were riding out at the front of the peloton for much of the race.”

Bob Jungels (Quickstep) (White jersey): “It’s been a tough race. I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with my time trial, but I’m happy to be back on track after crashing on the second stage. Tirreno-Adriatico is an important race, a World Tour event, and to be on the podium and don the white jersey again gives me joy. This is where my preparation for the Giro d’Italia starts. I’ve been working hard during the winter, I like Italy and I hope to continue my good results here in May”.

Time Trial
1. Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team
2. Jos van Emden, Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03
3. Michael Hepburn, ORICA-Scott
4. Stephen Cummings, Dimension Data :08
5. Primož Roglič, Team LottoNL-Jumbo :11
6. Maciej Bodnar, Bora – Hansgrohe :15
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dimension Data
8. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky :16
9. Ryan Mullen, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team :17
10. Alex Dowsett, Movistar Team

11. Matthias Brändle, Trek – Segafredo 0:21
13. Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb 0:23
17. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ
18. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar Team
19. Manuel Quinziato, BMC Racing Team 0:28
20. Lars Boom, Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:29
22. Vasil Kiryienka, Team Sky
45. Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team 0:41
105. Scott Thwaites, Dimension Data 1:14

1. Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team
2. Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team 0:25
3. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ 00:36
4. Primož Roglič, Team LottoNL-Jumbo:45
5. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky



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