Van Avermaet wins Tirreno-Adriatico for one second

Fabian Cancellara was following the script — he won Tuesday’s 10km time trial, which wrapped up Tirreno-Adriatico, but Greg Van Avermaet delivered the surprise, winning an Italian stage race usually reserved for the climbers. This was due to a cancelled stage 5, the queen stage, but Van Avermaet positioned himself for a shot at the blue jersey with Monday’s stage 6 win, and defended his lead by merely one second, again relegating Peter Sagan to second place.

Van Avermaet began the time trial holding a 7-second overall lead on Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), but it soon became apparent that Sagan, a further second back, would be his principal challenger.

Sagan clocked a fine time of 11:32, but had an agonising wait as Van Avermaet finished his effort. It would come down to the final pedal strokes, with Van Avermaet summoning up just enough to hold onto his blue jersey by the narrowest of margins.

For Sagan, who is still waiting for his first win as world champion, it was third time placing second behind Van Avermaet this season.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 – stage 7 results (San Benedetto del Tronto ITT):

1 Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo)


2 Johan Le Bon (FDJ)


3 Tony Martin (Etixx – QuickStep)


4 Alex Dowsett (Movistar)


5 Tom Leezer (LottoNl-Jumbo)


6 Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff)


7 Alexandre Geniez (FDJ)


8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


9 Vasil Kiryienka (Sky)


10 Damiano Caruso (BMC)



Final general classification:

1 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


2 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)


3 Bob Jungels (Etixx – QuickStep)


4 Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


5 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


6 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)


7 Zdenek Štybar (Etixx – QuickStep)


8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)


9 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


10 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)


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