Sky's Stannard finishes behind leaders in Tirreno-Adriatico time trial
18:13 GMT, 13 March 2012
In the hunt: Ian Stannard of Sky finished 7th
Team Sky's Ian Stannard finished seventh in today's final time-trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali stole the overall win.
Stannard completed the 9.3 kilometre course in Benedetto del Tronto in 10 minutes and 54 seconds – 18secs off pacesetter Fabian Cancellara's time.
Nibali was slower than the Team Sky man, finishing two places further back, but that was enough for the Liquigas-Cannondale rider to leap ahead of Chris Horner and claim the title by 14secs.
Thomas Lofkvist was the best-placed Team Sky rider in 14th place overall while the 24-year-old Stannard's performance today provided a boost ahead of Saturday's Milan-San Remo.