Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 7

Nairo Quintana:
"I’m really happy with this victory. Tirreno-Adriatico is a really beautiful race, one that I really like, and conquering it again makes me proud, for all the effort I put here and especially my Movistar Team, which supported me all the way to this time trial. I knew I had to go strong today, I couldn’t let the specialists put too much of a gap over me. Yet, I was calm and confident that I could secure the victory with the advantage I held. With all rivals we had to face and such a tough course, it’s a really prestigious victory to take. It’s a tribute to all those supporting me and my team-mates, for the help they offered me all week.
Taking part in races like this one is always important, and not only because the win that’s at stake. In the end, it’s also a Giro d’Italia-organised event, and that makes sure you’ll find finishes very much similar to those you’ll have to tackle in the Giro. For us, getting to know the roads, reinforce our bond as a team, get used to the pace we’ll find in May - it’s all about getting focused on that first GT goal of our season.
I leave this race with a better feeling that I had when I came here. Currently I’m not at 100% fitness, I’m still lacking some form before heading into the Giro. Some important weeks are coming up, with some training at home, enjoying my family and friends and getting to my best condition. I don’t feel like all those victories in the early season mean I’m reaching the top of my career’s physical condition, either. I’ve been growing it and obviously one can end up thinking there must be a limit to his progression, but I’m hopeful that the best times are still to come."

Rohan Dennis:
"It has been a very good week for both myself and the team. To start off with a win and then hold onto the leader's jersey for three days was great. I am really happy that I was able to take the win today and move into second overall on the GC. The work the team did for me over the whole week was incredible. Today's victory really shows that all of the guys' faith in me was worth it.
Today? It wasn't easy. I went out to half way trying to stick to one plan and then try and lift the pace for the second half. I tried to break it up into little parts, thinking about when I could get a rest and when I couldn't. But it was a tough course out there, especially with the headwind home."  

Greg Van Avermaet:
"I am happy with my Tirreno-Adriatico. There were a few chances for me, but I leave this race feeling good, and I am happy with my form. I didn't come into this race looking to defend my title, it was about continuing my preparations for the Classics, and I think it has been a success in that respect. I am looking forward to the races coming up." 

Manuel Quinziato:
"I did what I could today, and honestly I am happy with my shape this week as I had a late start to the season. I think I did a good job on the way out today and then on the last few kilometers, I dropped the speed a little. But I can be happy, and I feel like I honored my national champion's jersey. It has been a really great week for the whole team so, I think we can leave Tirreno-Adriatico satisfied that we all gave 100%."

Bob Jungels:
“It’s been a tough race. I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with my time trial, but I’m happy to be back on track after crashing on the second stage. Tirreno-Adriatico is an important race, a World Tour event, and to be on the podium and don the white jersey again gives me joy. This is where my preparation for the Giro d’Italia starts. I’ve been working hard during the winter, I like Italy and I hope to continue my good results here in May."

Jos Van Emden:
"When you're so close, you just want to win. I'm very disappointed. It's the second time that I’ve missed a WorldTour victory because Dennis is faster. I didn’t constantly look at the TV screen. I really don’t like it. When you see all those times, you’re just nervous. I've never been that nervous. It really sucks."

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:11:18
2 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:03
3 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott
4 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:08
5 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:11
6 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:15
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:16
9 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:17
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 25:56:27
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:36
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:45
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:58
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:01
7 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:18
8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:36
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:38
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:59
Bob Jungels
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