Joe Dombrowski conquers rainy fourth stage in Giro d'Italia, Alessandro De Marchi takes Pink
May 11 2021 11:27 pm CET

Joe Dombrowski conquers rainy fourth stage in Giro d'Italia, Alessandro De Marchi takes Pink
Joe Dombrowski conquers rainy fourth stage in Giro d'Italia, Alessandro De Marchi takes Pink
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Joe Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates) has taken the victory of a very difficult fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia. Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) took the lead of the General Classification.

If one would have to describe the fouryh stage of the Corsa Rosa would have to say rain; the kind of intense rain that doesn't even allow for TV images to go through. The third stage of the race was 187 kilometres long over a rolling course that included two climbs of the third category and an ascending finish on a second category.

A group of 25 riders managed to break free on the first kilometres of the stage and it managed to create a gap of more than eight minutes with a pack that worked hard to control it, to the point that even Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) in his Pink Jersey took turns in front. During the descent to Colombaia sul Secchia, three riders made a move in the front: Quinten Hermans, Christopher Juul Jensen and Rein Taaramae.

With around 25 kilometres to go, Hermans couldn't hold the pace of his two companions and was left behind, meanwhile in the peloton it was clear that the Maglia Rosa was going to change hands as Ganna was left struggling behind. On the last climb of the day, Alessandro De Marchi and Joe Dombrowski managed to catch the duo in front while in the pack riders like Joao Almeida slowly dropped from it.

Soon after, Giulio Ciccone made a move from the pack pretty much at the same time as Dombrowski left the other men behind at the front. With around three kilometres to go, Mikel Landa attacked from the already reduced pack and got to Ciccone, and moments later Aleksandr Vlasov also made a move and was followed by Egan Bernal, Pavel Sivakov, Hugh Carthy and Damiano Caruso.

Dombrowski crossed the finish line in the first position while behind the favourites' group stuck together. De Marchi was second on the stage and seized the lead of the General Classification.

The group of Bernal, Ciccone, Vlasov, Landa and Carthy arrived one minute and 37 seconds behind the winner of the stage, while Remco Evenepoel did it one minute and 48 seconds later along with names like Romain Bardet, Simon Yates and Dan Martin. Sivakov, Vincenzo Nibali, Jai Hindley and Marc Soler crossed the finish line two minutes and eleven seconds behind Dombrowski.






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