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Michal Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico

Kwiatkowski comfortably extended his lead out to 24 seconds over nearest rival Damiano Caruso during the final time trial stage, and was happy to be joined on the podium by Geraint Thomas following a committed ride from the Welshman.

"It's been wonderful racing together with the boys from Team Sky. I'm happy me and G could finish on the podium. I know he had some back luck but at the end of the day we played it tactically really well. It was a really good race, straight from the start in the team time trial. I had really good feelings on the final time trial which was important. It was nervy from my point of view and when I was warming up on the KICKR it started raining. It was scary as anything could happen. In the end it was a good day.

"I'm getting older so let's hope I can keep on progressing. I'm working a lot on my time trialling and climbing and that allows me to make better results at stage races. I signed for Team Sky which is built around riders who can go for overall GC victories. I'm managing to keep up and that's great."

Attention now quickly turns to Saturday's Milan-San Remo, which will see Kwiatkowski line up as defending champion.

He added: "My motivation will be even bigger as I had some great feelings here. I just need to recover. I will spend three days at home and I will be ready to ride on from Milano to San Remo for 300 kilometres."

14/03/2018