Thomas sprints to fifth at Tirreno

10 Sep 2020

Thomas sprints to fifth at Tirreno

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Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 4 » Terni › Cascia, 194km

Geraint Thomas rode hard on a hilly stage four at Tirreno-Adriatico to finish in fifth place.
 
The Welshman was part of a select group of riders who went clear over the top of the final Ospedaletto climb, and eventually found himself in the sprint for third place.
 
Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) pushed clear alongside Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) on the run-in and was able to out-sprint his rival on the uphill finish into Cascia.
 
Thomas arrived 10 seconds later, and now sits sixth overall, 34 seconds back on continued race leader Rusty Woods (EF Pro Cycling).
 
The INEOS Grenadiers took it up on the final climb, with Rohan Dennis and eventually Tao Geoghegan Hart setting the tempo before the key attacks began.
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- Geraint Thomas

"The boys were good all day. It was a shame we lost Eddie (Dunbar) but everyone was able to step up as we needed to make up for him not being here. Then on the final climb I could have maybe stayed behind Tao for a bit – but I just went. This race is all about seeing how the legs are really and riding slightly differently. I didn’t really give them a turn on that climb because I thought Tao was in that group behind and there was no point drilling it. 
 
"In the final it’s a tricky one when there’s teammates. I don’t want to follow every move because there are teammates to chase. I’m just riding this race as if I’m prepared to lose it. I came to a sprint for third. I knew the road tightened up on the right and I was hoping I could use that to hold them off. I think I went a little too early but it’s all good."
Overall standings:

1. Rusty Woods (EF Pro Cycling) 18:05:52
2. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +9"
3. Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +18"
4. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) +27"
5. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +30"
6. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +34"