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Team Sky's Kwiatkowski seals victory in Tirreno-Adriatico

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Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski secured overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico following the final stage time trial.

The 2014 road race world champion was the fastest of the general classification contenders on the 10-kilometre race against the clock in San Benedetto Del Tronto.

Kwiatkowski started the stage with a three-second advantage over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) but pushed his overall winning margin to 24 seconds with an impressive display.

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.

Caruso held on to second overall ahead of Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, whose time of 11mins 37 secs earned him a podium place, 32 seconds adrift of his team-mate.

Thomas' fellow Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) moved up a place from sixth to fifth with a time of 12.08, while Lotto Soudal's Tiesj Benoot recorded 12.01 to jump from eighth to fourth.

Mikel Landa (Movistar) started the day in a podium place, 23 seconds off the race lead, but his time of 12.24 dropped him to sixth overall and one minute 13 seconds behind the GC winner.

Chris Froome, who was out of the running in the GC standings after a number of mechanical issues during the week, finished in the same time as team-mate Kwiatkowski.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Jos van Emden was second on the stage, four seconds behind Dennis, with Team Sky's Jonathan Castroviejo a further four seconds back in third.

Rowe to return in Abu Dhabi six months after leg break

Luke Rowe has been out injured after breaking his leg on his brother's stag do. Credit: PA

Luke Rowe will return to competitive racing for Team Sky six months after breaking his leg on his brother's stag do.

The 27-year-old Welshman, who was road captain for Chris Froome's fourth Tour de France win last year, will line up at the Abu Dhabi Tour which starts on Wednesday.

Rowe has not raced since crossing the finishing line on the Champs Elysees in July, when he finished with the slowest time of all those who completed the Tour de France to be presented with the lanterne rouge.

The following month he went to the Czech Republic for his brother's stag do and on the first morning broke his leg while jumping into the water when he was white water rafting.

Rowe, who was present for Team Sky's camps in Mallorca over the winter, admitted he did not expect to be back racing this early in the season.

"Even at Christmas and going into the new year, I still thought that the middle of the season was realistic (for a return)," he said.

"When I got back on the bike properly, though, I realised I probably wasn't as unfit as I thought. I managed to suffer through it a bit at first and I got my head kicked in a few times, but the fitness and strength built up quite quickly.

"On training camp in January I felt good and I went to the team and said that I wanted to do Abu Dhabi. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind, really.

"It's a perfect race for me to come back. The sprints will be hectic for sure, but the roads are bigger and it's pretty flat so it's slightly less stressful."


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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