Tirreno-Adriatico 7: Fabian Cancellara Confirms his Cronoman Crown

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But man! Bauke Mollema did a superb itt! That looks very good for the grand tours GC.
Among itt contender: a super good performance by Vasil Kiryenka, one of my absolute favourite riders.
Nairo Quintana didn't impress today but anyway he won. By a single attack in a single climb in a single stage. Chapeau!

Fabian Cancellara: 
"I just gave it all and I’m really happy and satisfied to have another victory in the pocket but I’m also looking to the bigger picture and that is the weekend,"

Nairo Quintana: 
"I couldn't take things easy because it was a pretty demanding time trial, a bit longer to last year's and harder. The rivals had a bigger advantage over me in that terrain and I had to go on full steam; fortunately, things went 'normal', as good as I needed to keep the jersey, and I'm really happy. This victory was also needed for my morale: after the crash in the Vuelta a España, I had spent a long period without living a moment of joy like today's, one for which you prepare yourself and spend so much time working hard.
Embedded image permalinkFortunately, we didn't suffer any incidents nor mechanicals this week, and the whole team performed at an impressive level, really strong. Fran [Ventoso] was a bit ill and feverish, but despite not having his best form, he always helped us out, did really well - and the rest were incredible, did their work really, really well. And not only my team-mates, but the whole group: the sports directors, carers, mechanics... they are always taking care of me, helping me out, and this victory is dedicated to them and my family. Now, I'll take some days of rest before the cobbled classics next week and then, País Vasco."

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni:
“It was a good day and a nice way to finish the race.
The main goal was for Wout to stay in the top 10 and he really did a good ride to move up the GC. Kiry was also really good out there. He gave it everything and you could see that at the finish.
We had a last-minute change coming into the race which completely altered the team dynamic. But to have a performance like this – taking a stage win, a day in the jersey and controlling the stage on the hardest day – it just shows that the level of the team is really good. We’ve got a lot of talent and it doesn’t all just revolve around one rider. We’re in a position where if someone isn’t able to race then another rider takes up the challenge. I actually think we could have taken a second stage possibly if Elia (Viviani) hadn’t been caught in the crash.” 

Bauke Mollema:
“I am tired. I didn’t feel like I was going really well, but maybe that’s the feeling you need. A flat TT like this is hard for me, but I am really happy that I kept second place. I didn’t expect to be so close to Quintana, only 18 seconds in GC and that’s really good; I am really satisfied with my level.
The first part went really will, the wind was still, and I heard that at 2kms I was almost at the same time as Fabian so that gave me a lot of morale to push even harder.  When I heard I was four seconds faster than Uran at the intermediate split that was a good feeling, of course.  I knew then I had a difference of 12 seconds on Uran to lose in the second part, and I knew I was not going to lose so much because I kept some energy for the way back.
We started working on my time trial in December and I am really happy with my position on the bike now, and with the bike itself. It gives me motivation to train harder and make another step this year, because you can see that if you do a good time trial you can really fight for the podium and fight for victories in the biggest races. Now I want to continue this in the other stage races, too.”

Rigoberto Uran:
"It was a beautiful week with the team. I think considering everything we did a good job. Tirreno-Adriatico this year was hard because of the parcours, but also weather conditions. Finishing 3rd overall at this race is something I am happy about, as Tirreno-Adriatico was the first goal of my season, the first race where I needed to be in good shape and among the protagonists. I accomplished my first goal. I'm on the podium, so I'm satisfied. I'm especially happy when comparing this result to last year when I was suffering with stomach problems and I couldn't really show myself. I've taken the first step of the season. Concerning today, I didn't perform as expected, probably also because of the fatigue of the last days. But I tried to defend myself, I gave my all in the final ITT, and I preserved my 3rd place. Even if I have to say this morning I kept an eye for maybe moving up to 2nd, during the race, when you feel you cannot go full gas, you have to reconsider your priorities and be happy with what you have. Mollema also had a strong TT today and he deserves to finish on the 2nd step of the GC podium. I want to thank my teammates for the big support I had this week. The guys were super and helped me in all the key moments. I want to thank them and dedicate this podium placing to them. Now I will go to Catalunya with a goal to do well there like I did here. For my second step in anticipation of the Giro d'Italia I pass through Catalunya, and then Tour de Romandie before the big race. I am looking forward to the next appointments to improve my condition over these upcoming few weeks."

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 11:23
2 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar 00:04
3 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 00:09
4 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 00:12
5 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:16
6 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
7 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin 00:13
8 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN-Qhubeka 00:23
9 Andrey Amador (Crc) Movistar 00:25
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka 00:26
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 25:11:16
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:18
3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:31
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:35
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:39
6 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:40
7 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:56
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:59
9 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:09
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:11
Leader  Nairo Quintana (MOVISTAR TEAM)
Red Peter Sagan (TINKOFF SAXO)
White Nairo Quintana (MOVISTAR TEAM)
Green Carlos Quintero (COLOMBIA)

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