Team Sky's Michał Kwiatkowski clinched the general classification at Tirreno-Adriatico with an accomplished individual time trial ride on Tuesday's Stage 7, as Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) won the stage.
Kwiatkowski produced an excellent time of 11'33" on the 10.05km course in San Benedetto Del Tronto to finish 11th on the day, 24" ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) and 32" clear of Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas in the final overall standings.
Thomas produced an impressive ride on the day to overtake Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) in third place on the podium. The Welshman led the race overall before a late mechanical on Stage 4 cost him crucial seconds, leaving Kwiatkowski to challenge for GC.
The result is Kwiatkowski's maiden victory in a major stage race following his second career success at Volta ao Algarve earlier this season.
Meanwhile, with his winning time of 11'14", Australian time trial specialist Dennis beat Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) into second and third respectively.
Kwiatkowski is the Polish national time trial champion - and he began the 10km race producing some impressive numbers that were always likely to clinch the overall:
Indeed, although he lost one second to Caruso in the first kilometre, Kwiatkowski eventually swelled his pre-stage three-second lead over second-placed Caruso to 24" by the end of the race. The 27-year-old finished the course nearly as strongly as he began it, averaging 446W of power in the final kilometre:
Dennis's individual victory made it two time trial wins for BMC Racing Team at the 2018 race after the triumph on the Stage 1 team time trial.
While he was never likely to overhaul Kwiatkowski, Caruso secured his second spot on the podium with a fantastic ride on wet roads. He paced himself perfectly, keeping an even effort to the line:
Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
- Time: 1’16" | Speed: 47.2km/h | Power: 501W | 30s peak power: 550W
- Time: 2’23’’ | Speed: 49.8km/h | Power: 439W | 1 min peak power: 456W
- Time: 1’11" | Speed: 49.5km/h | Power: 446W | Peak power: 478W
Full stage: 12’08" with 49.5km/h
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team)
- Time: 1’20” | Speed: 45.1km/h | Power: 445W | 30sec peak power: 490W
- Time: 2’32” | Speed: 49.7km/h | Power: 384W
- Time: 1’09” Speed: 48.7km/h | Power: 389W | 1min peak: 396W
Full stage: 12’18” with 49.3km/h
Although not a time trial specialist, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) rounded off an excellent week, including that brilliant Stage 5 win, with a strong time trial:
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
- Time: 1’20" | Speed: 45.1km/h | Power: 445W | 30sec peak power: 490W
- Time: 2’27" | Speed: 48.5km/h | Power: 442W
- Time: 1’12" | Speed: 49.0km/h | Power: 444W | Peak power: 487W
Full stage: 12’08’’ with 49.5km/h
Following the biggest stage race win of his career, Kwiatkowski's attention will now turn to Milan-San Remo this Saturday, where he will ride as defending champion following a thrilling final sprint against Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) in last season's race.