Nairo Quintana holds on to win Tirreno-Adriatico
Colombian Nairo Quintana laid down an early marker for the Tour de France when he won the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after holding on to his overall lead at the end of the final time trial on Tuesday.
The BMC rider won the race against the clock with a time of 11.18 followed by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Michael Hepburn (Movistar) in third.
Quintana (Movistar), a twice Tour de France runner-up who built his victory with a win in the main mountain stage that ended up the Terminillo pass, finished with a 25-second advantage over Dennis, with Pinot ending up 36 seconds off the pace.
The BMC rider won the 10km race against the clock with a time of 11.18 followed by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Michael Hepburn (Movistar) in third.
World champion Peter Sagan, one of the top favourites for Saturday's classic Milan-San Remo, was nearly taken down when a lady with a dog walked on a pedestrian crossing just in front of him.
Tirreno - Adriatico stage 7 results
1. Rohan Dennis (Australia / BMC Racing) 11:18"
2. Jos van Emden (Netherlands / LottoNL) +3"
3. Michael Hepburn (Australia / Orica)
4. Steve Cummings (Britain / Dimension Data) +8"
5. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL) +11"
6. Maciej Bodnar (Poland / BORA) +15"
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Dimension Data)
9. Ryan Mullen (Ireland / Cannondale) +17"
10. Alex Dowsett (Britain / Movistar)