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Van Avermaet seals Tirreno-Adriatico

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Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet claimed the Tirreno-Adriatico after finishing just one second ahead of Slovak Peter Sagan in the seven-stage race.

The final 10.1km time-trial at San Benedetto del Tronto was won easily by Swiss Fabian Cancellara.

Britain’s Alex Dowsett was fourth in the stage, with Peter Kennaugh the highest-placed Briton overall in 15th.

The ‘Race of the Two Seas’ was hit by bad weather and Sunday’s mountain stage was scrapped due to the threat of snow.

Stage 7 result (San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto):

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Segafredo 11mins 8secs

2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr at 13secs

3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx – Quick-Step at 15secs

4 Alex Dowsett (Gbr) Movistar Team at same time

5 Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL Jumbo at 16secs

Final general classification:

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 20hrs 42mins 22secs

2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team at 1sec

3 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step at 23secs

4 Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ at 24secs

5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at same time

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