Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) was the fastest on the 10-km course around San Benedetto Del Tronto as he set off in dry conditions, unlike the top favourites, to clock 11 minutes 14 seconds. "I was supposed to ride in support of Richie Porte and, once Richie was out, Damiano [Caruso] got called out".
"I don't actually know the final result, just that I won, and that's all that matters", Kwiatkowski said. "Its a good confidence boost going forward".
Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, center, victor of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race, celebrates on the podium with second placed Damiano Caruso, left, and third placed Britain's Geraint Thomas, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
"It's been a hard week for all Team Sky, we had some bad luck with Geraint Thomas, but at the end of the day we were motivated to have a really good race and that's how it was".
Britain's Geraint Thomas was sixth as he retained his fourth place overall. The Team Sky rider rose to the challenge, finishing one place behind teammate Chris Froome in 12th and giving up just 20 seconds to Dennis. The overall victor said he was nervous because of the rain falling prior to his start, but felt well during the TT. Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by a crash with about seven kilometers left of the 153-kilometer sixth stage from Numana to Fano. This is a handsome race with a lovely trophy.
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. "I'm very proud of the team".