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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
Molard draws on local knowledge to win stage 6 of Paris-Nice; Roglic wins stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico, Thomas takes over race lead; Ryan lands first UCI win in the Drentse Acht van Westerveld; Poels rues missed opportunity after crashing out of Paris-Nice; Illness forces John Degenkolb to leave Paris-Nice; Kennaugh takes a break from racing due to health issues; MPCC anti-doping group extends membership to individual riders; New hour records set in Australia by Ogilvie and Davis; Specialized signs on to support USACrits.tv; Endura launches D2Z aero road clothing and convertible helmet; Video: Sagan’s humour emerges in bizarre answer; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Disc Breaks” – Descending Rock Store AKA “The Snake” in Malibu
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) launched a well-timed attack and then showed sufficient strength to fend off those chasing behind, winning stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday. The Slovenian rider held off the hard-chasing Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), hitting the line in Trevi three seconds ahead of the Briton and six ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was seventh, one place and three seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First).
“I came to Tirreno-Adriatico to win the overall. But we didn’t do our best TTT and we had some bad luck yesterday,” Roglic said after the stage. “I was forced to change my bike after the crash. My GC was over, so I needed to find some new goals because I worked really hard for this race.
“After winning a time trial at the  Giro d’Italia and a mountain stage at the  Tour de France, I’m happy to get an uphill finish win. I’ve already lost some sprints in my career so I knew I shouldn’t wait for the last moment but just fight and go for it. The best feeling in cycling is when you don’t see anybody in front of you and you’re first on the finish line.”
At 239 kilometres in length, the stage from Follonica was the longest of the race. Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Jacopo Mosca (Wilier-Selle Italia), Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Dennis van Winden (Israel Cycling Academy) built a lead of nine minutes but were caught before the final uphill battle to the finish.
Thomas is now the new overall leader, with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) on the same time and Thomas’s Sky teammate Chris Froome three seconds back in third.