Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko of Astana claimed stage four of Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport in a four-man sprint despite crashing twice during his epic solo ride over the Capuccini climb near Fossombrone. Second and third on the day, Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) and race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) extended their advantage over challengers Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step). Equal time bonus earned by Yates and Roglic both en route and at the finish maintained the difference of seven seconds between them.
1 – Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) 221km in 5h16’29”, average speed 41.897kph
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) s.t.
3 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 7″
3 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 50″
The stage winner, Alexey Lutsenko, said: “My first crash happened when I slipped on some gravels. The second one with 1.5km to go; I didn’t understand why it happened. This victory is only for myself because I’ve done so much work to make it happen. When I rode away with 50km to go, nobody thought I’d win. It’s a beautiful victory. Tomorrow it’s an even harder stage with an uphill finish. I might have spent too much energy today and I might pay the consequences of my crashes but my teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, is also in a great shape. It can be his turn tomorrow.”
The Maglia Azzurra, Adam Yates, said: “The guys looked after me all day and the final climb was short and steep. It was good to do it twice so we knew it well, but it was difficult to gain time there because it was too far from the finish. I can only confirm that I came here to win a stage. My goal is to win one spring stage race overall. This one is probably the hardest for me to win because of the final flat time trial, which isn’t my forte. My brother and myself, though, we always work on it. For people who weigh less than 60kg, we’re pretty good time triallists.”
Stage 5 – Colli al Metauro – Recanati 180km
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