Mar 09, 2023 at 3:50 PMUpdate: 3 minutes ago
Primoz Roglic won the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Thursday. The Slovenian from Jumbo-Visma was the best in the sprint on a short climb. Just before that, his Belgian teammate Wout van Aert had crashed at high speed.
In the final of the stage, the more than 3 kilometer long climb Tortoreto had to be conquered four times. The last time was on top of the finish line. The ride seemed to be right up the street for Mathieu van der Poel, but the Dutch leader of Alpecin-Deceuninck had to pass early on.
His eternal rival Van Aert seemed to want to interfere with the stage victory, but in the run-up to the final climb he crashed hard. The Belgian hooked his bike into that of Tom Pidcock, who also crashed. The two licked their wounds and then continued on their way, chatting.
In the last kilometer a select group remained. Roglic was assisted by Jumbo-Visma teammate Wilco Kelderman and then took over. The 33-year-old Slovenian was convincingly the fastest in the sprint. It is his first win of the season.
Behind Roglic, Julian Alaphilippe finished second, ahead of Adam Yates. Kelderman finished fourth. Lennard Kämna is the new leader in the general classification. The German from BORA-hansgrohe takes over the blue jersey from Filippo Ganna.
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