Geraint Thomas lights up Tour of the Alps stage one as Michele Scarponi takes victory

The Welshman attacked to form the decisive group on the final climb of the opening stage, but couldn't beat Scarponi to the line

Michele Scarponi wins stage one of the Tour of the Alps (Credits: Josef Vaishar - Cycling Photography)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) showed his strength on stage one of the Tour of the Alps, but couldn't take victory on the final climb to the finish.

The Welshman had attacked from just over 1km out on the final ascent, but wasn't able to beat Michele Scarponi (Astana) in the final sprint for the line after the Italian had tracked him.

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