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Geraint Thomas takes solo victory at Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2

Josh Cunningham
9 Mar 2017

Team Sky rider attacks in final kilometres to take a solo stage victory

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has won stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico, attacking with 5km to go and holding off the peloton to take an impressive solo victory.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who had also attacked the peloton in the dying stages in an attempt to bridge across to Thomas, finished second, while Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) led the bunch home for third.

The drama began to unfold on a smaller climb around 6km from the finish, as QuickStep Floors put men on the front to launch Bob Jungels on an attack. Geraint Thomas followed immediately behind, but with the peloton strung out behind, and no sign of any teammates around him, the Welshman attacked over the top.

Jungels, Jonatan Castroviejo (Movistar) and Damiano Caruso (BMC) were the only three riders to follow, but when Thomas kicked again he found himself alone.

With a kilometre to go Thomas had 25 seconds over the peloton, and it proved a gap too substantial to bring back. Tom Dumoulin, after having also attacked the bunch, finished 2nd, nine seconds back, while Sagan won the sprint for 3rd.

The wheels of a possible GC assault by Thomas quite literally fell off yesterday, when his team suffered a series of mechanical setbacks in the team time trial opening stage, and so it is Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), the overall winner last year, who takes the GC lead from teammate Damiano Caruso.

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