BC-CYC-Tirreno-Adriatico, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 276Kwiatkowski leads Tirreno-Adriatico with 1 stage leftAP Photo FAN101, FAN102, FAN106, FAN103, FAN105Eds: Adds photo links.
Going into Tirreno-Adriatico as a big-name sprinter with no wins to his name and there was talk that Marcel Kittel's season was in crisis.
Australian time trial ace Rohan Dennis (BMC) won stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico Tuesday, and Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski defended the blue leader's jersey to win the overall in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.
The German completed the stage in 3:49:54, beating Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan (Slovakia) and Quick-Step Floors' Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina) into second and third respectively.
Sagan was also involved in the crash, siting directly on the wheel of Gaviria, yet miraculously managed to stay upright, finishing second on the stage.
"I don't actually know the final result, just that I won, and that's all that matters", Kwiatkowski said.
However two stage wins out of two bunch sprints later and Kittel's year is back on track, and might even be fancying his chances at Milan-San Remo on Saturday. Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria.
"I wasn't coming to Tirreno-Adriatico for GC", said Dennis.
"It's been a hard week for all Team Sky, we had some bad luck with Geraint Thomas, but at the end of the day we were motivated to have a really good race and that's how it was". "I didn't make it but, at the end of the day, we have to be very happy with the stage and keep focus on tomorrow's time trial for a ideal end".
Dennis was quickest on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.