It was the first hard day on the Italian Grand Tour, and in addition to the heights, cyclists were disturbed by the bad weather – wind and rain. For the second time in a row, a split cyclist turned out to be the best. This time, unlike the previous stage, the seconds were not decisive. Several kilometers from the finish line, it was basically clear that one of the deserters would win.
Dombrowski turned out to be the most powerful, and he appropriately allocated his forces. For several kilometers, two other cyclists rode in front, but an American of Polish descent (his grandfather immigrated from Poland to the United States many years ago), along with Alessandro de Marchi, followed them on the final ascent, then rode alone to the finish line. This is his first victory in a world tour event and his first outside … the Utah Tour.
Sure, the Emirates Group contestant for Team Emirates was not on the list to win the overall ranking, but he was close to being a happy captain that day. Not that much, he is now in second place (for solace it tops in the mountain rating), and the pink shirt is owned by the aforementioned De Marchi. The Italian admitted that he had been considering this option for two days after a successful solo time experience at the start of the race. But he added with a laugh that he hadn’t told anyone.
Among the cyclists chosen to fight on the podium, Portugal’s Joao Almeida performed the worst, and he really spoiled his chances of achieving such success. Among the business leaders, the current highest ranked in the general ranking is Russian (seventh) Alexander Vlasov, but the differences between him and the most dangerous competitors (Rymco Evinbuell, Hugh Karthy, Egan Bernal, Mikel Landa, Simon Yates, Dan Martin) are small and amount to several Tens of seconds. Poles Łukasz Wiśniowski, Maciej Bodnar and Tomasz Marczyński came with losses and are far from the overall ranking.
The 177 km flat fifth stage of Modena from Cattolica is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 12 May. The race will run until May 30.
Results of the fourth stage Piacenza – Sestola (187 km):
1. Joe Dombrowski (USA / UAE National Team) – 4: 58.38
2. Alessandro De Marchi (Italy / Israel Start-Up Nation), 13 seconds lost
3 – Filippo Fiorelli (Italy / Pardiani – CSF – Faizan) 27
4. Louis Vervaik (Belgium / Albacin-Phoenix) 29
5. Jan Tratnik (Slovenia / Bahrain victorious) at the same time
6. Attila Walther (Węgry / Groupama-FDJ) 44
7 – Nicolas Edet (France / Covidis) 49
8 Nelson Oliveira (Portuguese / Movistar) 57
9. Reine Taaramae (Estonia / Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) 1.33
10. Christopher Jules Jensen (Dania / BikeExchange) 1.36
118. Wakasz Vinyowski (Poland / Qhubeka Assos) 23.06
155- Tomasz Markzynski (Poland / Lotto Soudal)
164- Maciej Bodnar (Polska / Bora-hansgrohe) at the same time
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Italy / Emerging State of Israel) – 13:50:44
2. Joe Dombrowski (USA / UAE National Team) 22 seconds
3 – Louis Vervaik (Belgium / Alpsin-Phoenix) 42
4. Nelson Oliveira (Portuguese / Movistar) 48
5. Attila Walther (Hungary / Groupama-FDJ) 1.00
6. Nicholas Edet (France / Covidis) 1.15
7. Alexander Vlasov (Russia / Astana Premier Tech) 1.24
8. Remco Evenepoel (Belgia / Deceuninck-Quick Step) 1.28
9. Alberto Petiol (Włochy / EF Education-Nippo) 1.37
10. Hugh Karthy (UK / EF Education-Nippo) 1.38
158- Lukacs Vinyowski (Poland / Kubica ASUS) 36.20
162 Maciej Bodnar (Poland / Bora – Hansgrohe) 36.59
170 Tomasz Markzynski (Poland / Lotto Soudal) 37.33