The International Cycling Union Tirreno-Adriatico World Tour event was decided by just 0.31 seconds today, with Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic getting the better of Great Britain’s Adam Yates in the final time trial.
Going into the 10 kilometre stage, Yates led the overall standings by 25 seconds.
He had said yesterday that he did not consider the gap big enough to maintain his lead and that prediction proved correct.
“It’s unbelievably close,” said Roglic, a former ski jumper who finished fourth in last year’s Tour de France.
“I felt stronger on the way back.
“Before the start I was confident that I’d win but I could only control myself.
“I’m glad it ended well.”
It means Roglic has already won two UCI World Tour events this year, having triumphed in the UAE Tour earlier this month.
While his performance today was good enough to seal overall victory, he only finished 11th in the stage in a time of 11min, 36.96sec.
Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts won in 11:23.05, while Yates finished 48th in 12:02.27, meaning he just missed out on overall glory.
Campenaerts said afterwards that he had ridden a “perfect” time trial.
“I knew I had to be strong on the way back where the headwind was really strong,” he said.
Alberto Bettiol finished second in today’s stage and Jos Van Emden third, while Jakob Fuglsang ended 37th and secured third place overall.