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Nairo Quintana holds on to win Tirreno-Adriatico

Quintana holds on to win Tirreno-Adriatico
By Reuters

14/03/2017 at 16:07Updated 14/03/2017 at 16:41

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.

Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) prevailed in the 10.5-km solo effort against the clock to finish second overall ahead of France's Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).

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.

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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)

8. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +16"

9. Ryan Mullen (Ireland / Cannondale) +17"

10. Alex Dowsett (Britain / Movistar)

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