Geraint Thomas: If I was lifting up a cobble I'd forget about this race

Damiano Caruso, Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas on the final Tirreno-Adriatico podium

Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) made up for the crushing disappointment of a mechanical spoiling his chance to win the Tirreno-Adriatico overall, moving himself up onto the podium in third place behind teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and BMC's Damiano Caruso. In the final stage time trial, he unseated former teammate Mikel Landa, but the result was little consolation, however, for the latest in a string of bad luck events that has plagued the Welshman's career lately. Thomas had a slim hold on the leader's jersey heading into the queen stage to Sarnano Sassotetto, but was in a good position when Landa kicked off the attacks, surrounded by Sky teammates. But a mechanical stopped him with 1km to go on the climb. He had none other than Chris Froome at his side to pace him to the finish, but even a five-time Grand Tour champion couldn't save the day. He ended ...

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