Van Avermaet Wins Tirreno Adriatico By A Second

Kev Monks15 Mar 2016 16:28

Greg Van Avermaet has won the Tirreno Adriatico in Italy by a single second on a day when Fabian Cancellera took the time trial.

The race of the two seas ended with a 10.1km individual time trial starting and finishing in San Benedetto del Tronto.

This was a time trial which saw Greg Van Avermaet of BMC trying to defend a seven second lead over Zdenek Stybar and saw Britain's Alex Dowsett of Movistar who came home in a time of 11.23, as one of the early best times

Dowsett's time wwas first beaten by Johan Le Bon of FDJ who set the new fastest time of 11.21 and Tony Martin who finished fractions of a second ahead of the rider from Essex.

Fabian Cancellera was one of the favourites and he flew home in 11.08 at an average speed of 54km/h.

Bob Jungels was also one of the favourites to finish in 11.41 with Zdenek Stybar coming home in 12.06.

Greg Van Avermaet needed a time of 11.39 or better to win and he put in everything to finish in 11.39 and take the overall victory by a single second from Peter Sagan.

That meant that no-one had beaen Fabian Cancellera to take the stage and a delighted Cancellera said to Daniel Lloyd: "This was business as usual. I did what I had to do and I'm really happy with my fourth win here."