Kittel sprints to 6th stage victory, Kwiatkowski keeps…

Damiano Caruso in blue during stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Damiano Caruso in blue during stage 5 at Tirreno Adriatico

BC-CYC-Tirreno-Adriatico, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 276Kwiatkowski leads Tirreno-Adriatico with 1 stage leftAP Photo FAN101, FAN102, FAN106, FAN103, FAN105Eds: Adds photo links.

In fact, his second best stage result of the race came in the bunch sprint of stage two, where he finished fourth behind Kittel, Sagan, and Nizzolo, something which he then followed up with a defensive ride to finish in the second group and only concede six seconds on the summit finish to Sarnano Sassotetto on stage four.

Going into Tirreno-Adriatico as a big-name sprinter with no wins to his name and there was talk that Marcel Kittel's season was in crisis.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski secured overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico following the final stage time trial. Maximiliano Richeze was third. Sagan was just behind Gaviria and somehow managed to stay upright, but the world champion was forced to use a lot of energy to get back up to the front of the peloton. Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria. "It was tricky. I had to be careful but I had good feelings today and that's why I could finish so well". "I'm very proud of the team".

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The Polish rider, who appears in great form four days before the first Monument (top classic) of the season, Saturday's Milan-San Remo, beat Italian Damiano Cruso of BMC Racing by 24 seconds.

Dennis was quickest on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

The leading riders all had to deal with a damp course, with early finisher Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) taking stage victory in a time of 11 minutes and 14 seconds - 20 seconds quicker than Kwiatkowski.

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