Simon Yates and Geraint Thomas, British double in the Tirreno

Yates takes the general followed by his compatriot. Both at a good level for the Giro d'Italia. The final time trial was for the Italian Ganna.


The Tirreno-Adriatico was one of the most important tests for the next Giro d'Italia that starts on October 3. In the race, which shared a calendar with the Tour, there were a high number of riders who will later participate in the Italian round, some of them will even remain in transalpine lands. There were several prominent names after eight days of competition. The first was that of Simon Yates, since the Briton from Mitchelton took the general classification. He withstood Geraint Thomas 'push in the last stage, a 10.1 kilometer time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, in which a specialist, local Filippo Ganna, Thomas' teammate, prevailed, who completed the route in 10:42 minutes (an average of 56 km / h) and was able to put 18 seconds to the next classified, the Belgian Victor Campenaerts.

Thomas proves in this way, and even more so after Bernal's performance in the Tour de France, that he could have had a hole in the Ineos for the French race. However, the directors left the Colombian as the only leader, a risky bet despite being the current winner of the test. It didn't go well and Thomas will fight in the Giro, which at the moment it seems he will reach a good level. On the last day he started third overall, but in the fight against the clock he overtook the Polish Majka and put a Yates in some trouble who will also go with everything to the Giro, a test that he caressed in 2018 before his fainting in the third week

As for other proper names that aim to be protagonists and fight for the Giro, it is worth highlighting how far Fuglsang (14th) and Nibali (19th) have been from the head. Froome, who will go to the Vuelta in principle, finished more than an hour behind Yates (91º). Among the Spaniards, the first of them in the general classification was Víctor de la Parte (15th), while Héctor Carretero, from Movistar, prevailed in the classification of the Mountain. For Yates, this victory in 'The Race of the Two Seas' is his second victory of a stage race after the 2018 Vuelta. Before starting the final stage, the CCC team withdrew its cyclists Lukasz Wisniowski and Szymon Sajnok on suspicion of a possible case of coronavirus within the team.

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