Poland's Kwiatkowski in lead of Tirreno-Adriatico race

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Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates on the podium after winning the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The Australian, who also won the closing time trial a year ago, was four seconds faster than Jos van Emden and eight ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo.

"When there was the crash with Fernando Gaviria, I was just on the left side of the Quick-Step riders". "I was looking at the best times on the course and was thinking, 'What do I need to aim for?'" "I feel sorry for him, but we remained focused on our goal", Kittel said.

The Polish beat BMC Racing's Damiano Caruso (Italy) and teammate Gerraint Thomas (Britain) into second and third resepctively on the final general classification. Crucially, Caruso was only 37th, yielding another 21 seconds to his rival and thus missing out on GC victory.

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Although Caruso and Kwiatkowski both finished in the chase group seven seconds behind Adam Yates in Filottrano, third place for the Sky rider was enough to bump Caruso into second. The overall victor said he was nervous because of the rain falling prior to his start, but felt well during the TT.

Going into Tirreno-Adriatico as a big-name sprinter with no wins to his name and there was talk that Marcel Kittel's season was in crisis. This is a handsome race with a lovely trophy. The Italian took back the jersey on stage 4 to Sarnano-Sassotetto, one second ahead Kwiatkowski. The trident trophy gives me a wonderful feeling.

However two stage wins out of two bunch sprints later and Kittel's year is back on track, and might even be fancying his chances at Milan-San Remo on Saturday.