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Thomas leads as Froome stays in Tirreno-Adriatico contention

This was Thomas' first ride after suffering injury at last year's Tour de France. Credit: PA

Geraint Thomas moved into the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico after Primoz Roglic took victory on stage three to Trevi on Friday.

Team Sky's Thomas finished fourth to inherit the race lead from BMC Racing's Patrick Bevin, though Thomas is on the same time as Bevin's team-mate Greg van Avermaet.

As controversy continues around Team Sky off the bike following the publication of a parliamentary report into doping in sport, they continue to look strong on the bike. Thomas' team-mate Chris Froome - facing his own issues following an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol last year - sits third in the race, three seconds behind Thomas' time.

Lotto NL-Jumbo's Roglic took victory after attacking off the front of the peloton with one kilometre remaining of the 234km stage from Follonica, which finished with two short climbs.

There was hesitation from behind as Roglic made his move, allowing him to get clear before Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates took up the chase.

Yates would finish second, with Thomas coming home after Lotto-Soudal's Tiesj Benoot.

"The team was very strong," Thomas said. "We had the plan to be as many as possible at the bottom of the climb. We did that very well.

"It was a natural selection to see how legs were. We tried to go for the stage but we can be happy with that. It's nice to get the jersey. It will be a big test tomorrow. It'll be different. Hopefully I'll feel good and if I don't hopefully Froomey or Kwiato (Michael Kwiatkowski) will take over."

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Froome to begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol

Froome will begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol. Credit: PA

Chris Froome will begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol later this month, Team Sky have announced.

The Tour de France champion will head to the five-day stage race in Andalusia on February 14, Team Sky have announced.

It will be Froome's first appearance since his third-place finish in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Norway on September 20.

That was the day he learned he had returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol two weeks before, on his way to victory at the Vuelta a Espana - the second half of last year's historic Grand Tour double, having already won his fourth Tour de France.

Froome and Team Sky are presenting their case to the cycling's governing body, the UCI, about the adverse finding, and Froome said: "I'm confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I'm working hard with the team to do that."

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