Greg Van Avermaet wins Tirreno-Adriatico overall

Fabian Cancellara obliterates the opposition in Tirreno-Adriatico final time trial to take stage victory as Greg Van Avermaet clings onto overall top spot - Photos from Graham Watson

Greg Van Avermaet wins 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico

(Image credit: Watson)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) has become the first Belgian rider to win Tirreno-Adriatico since Roger de Vlaeminck in 1977, doing enough to secure the victory after Tuesday's final time trial. Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) won the stage with a typically fast performance.

Without Sunday's cancelled 'queen' mountain stage, the overall classification was very tightly packed before the TT, with only 34 seconds separating the entire top 10. Overnight race leader Van Avermaet started the day seven seconds ahead of Stybar and eight ahead of Sagan.

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