Tirreno-Adriatico: Landa wins stage 4

Mikel Landa (Movistar) took the win on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico after a hectic finale on the summit finish at Sarnano Sassotetto. He out-sprinted Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) after a hectic finish.

It's the first win of the season for the Spaniard and Spain's first victory at the race since Alberto Contador win at Guardiagrele in 2014. The Movistar man struck out on the final climb's steepest section, chasing after Majka's lead group, before powering round the outside of the final corner to edge to victory.

"I saw Sky had numbers and I decided to wait a little bit because we were a little far from the finish line when [Miguel Angel] Lopez attacked. I waited a little bit and kept the riders working and wait for the final attack," said Landa. "I'm in a new team. I'm in good shape and when you start like this in a new team I think that it gives you more confidence."

BMC's Damiano Caruso took over the blue jersey after race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) suffered a mechanical problem heading into the final kilometre.

The result leaves Caruso just one second ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski, 11 in front of Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), and 20 ahead of Landa in fourth overall, with three stages left to run including tomorrow's hilltop finish in Filottrano and Tuesday's closing time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

How it unfolded

After Friday's mammoth 234km stage, Tirreno-Adriatico's queen stage was another long one at 219km. Three classified climbs dotted the sawtooth profile, each a cat three - San Ginesio at 137.6km, Gualdo at 151.3km, and Penna San Giovanni at 170.9km. Intermediate sprints came at Colmurano at 114.3km and Sarnano at 205.8km. The day was primed for a big GC fight on the final climb of the day, however - a 13.2km ride to the finish at Sassotetto with an average gradient of 7.2 per cent and a maximum of 13 per cent.

A few kilometres into the day the breakaway formed. No major names were involved so the group hit out without much pushback from the peloton. Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini), Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Vlasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) were the six men out front.

The group's gap topped out at around five minutes, but the main concern for Mosca and Bagioli was to consolidate their respective leads in the points and mountains classifications. Today's stage marked the duo's third consecutive day in the break.

Meanwhile, back in the peloton, there was trouble for Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), as the Dutchman crashed early in the stage and was forced to abandon. His team would later confirm that Dumoulin sustained bruising and abrasions but thankfully no fractures. It compounded a difficult week for him after he started the race feeling ill.

As Team Sky controlled the pace at the front of the peloton, Mosca and Bagioli duly mopped up the lion's share of the sprint and climb points. Their job done after the day's final sprint, it was down to Neilands and Vlasov to put up a token resistance as the GC riders took over seven kilometres from the line.

By that point Astana had taken control of the peloton, whittling down the peloton as the big names jostled for position among them. The Kazakh team's leader, Miguel Angel Lopez, was first to blink, attacking more than five kilometres out. He was soon joined by Majka, Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), and Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) as Team Sky controlled the pace-making some 20 seconds further back.

Majka struck out alone on the steep section 3.5km from the finish, causing Lopez to crack spectacularly as Landa attacked behind. The Spaniard didn't take long to join the remaining trio up front, but there was still drama to come.

Heading into the final kilometre, race leader Thomas was forced to stop and change bikes with a chain problem. At the same time, Bennett jumped away from the chase group, quickly catching the leaders and setting up the chaotic battle for the stage victory which saw Landa come out on top.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team6:22:13
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:06
5Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:14
15Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:18
16Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:26
17Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:33
20Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:40
21Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:03
22Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:01:10
24Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:51
25Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:02:06
26Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida0:02:11
27Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 26 - Cell 2
28Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:02:51
29Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:21
30José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 30 - Cell 2
32Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 31 - Cell 2
33Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:04:05
34Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 33 - Cell 2
35Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:12
36Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 35 - Cell 2
37Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:04:44
40Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:43
41Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:01
45Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:06:10
46Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:07:14
47Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:07:27
48Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:07:36
49Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data0:07:59
50Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 49 - Cell 2
51Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ0:08:03
52Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:08:27
53Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:09:25
54Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:09:53
55Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:19
57Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:10:58
58Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 57 - Cell 2
59Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:11:52
60Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:12:11
63Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 62 - Cell 2
64Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:12:53
68Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:13:38
69Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:14:00
70Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:06
71Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 74 - Cell 2
76Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 77 - Cell 2
79Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
81Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 80 - Cell 2
82Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:16:01
85Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 84 - Cell 2
86Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 85 - Cell 2
87Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 88 - Cell 2
90Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 92 - Cell 2
94Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 95 - Cell 2
97Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky0:16:56
101Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors0:17:16
102Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:17:28
103Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:17:34
104Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 103 - Cell 2
105Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:18:32
106Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 105 - Cell 2
107Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 106 - Cell 2
108Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 107 - Cell 2
109August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 108 - Cell 2
110Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 109 - Cell 2
111Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 110 - Cell 2
112Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 113 - Cell 2
115Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 114 - Cell 2
116Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 115 - Cell 2
117Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 116 - Cell 2
118Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 117 - Cell 2
119Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 118 - Cell 2
120Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 121 - Cell 2
123Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:18:46
126Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:19:35
128Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:20:01
129Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:22:48
130Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:22:50
131Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 130 - Cell 2
132Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 132 - Cell 2
134Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 133 - Cell 2
135Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 134 - Cell 2
136Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 135 - Cell 2
137Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 136 - Cell 2
138Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 139 - Cell 2
141Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 140 - Cell 2
142Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-MeridaRow 141 - Cell 2
143Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 143 - Cell 2
145Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 144 - Cell 2
146Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 145 - Cell 2
147Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 150 - Cell 2
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team12pts
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia10Row 2 - Cell 3
4George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates7Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy6Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 6 - Cell 3
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1Row 15 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - San Ginesio - 137km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini5pts
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 3 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - Gualdo - 151.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini5pts
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ1Row 3 - Cell 3
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KOM 3 - Penna San Giovanni - 170.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini5pts
2Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ1Row 3 - Cell 3
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KOM 4 - Sarnano-Sassotetto - 219km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team15pts
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe10Row 1 - Cell 3
3George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo7Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky19:08:35
2Bahrain - Merida0:00:47
3Astana Pro Team0:02:01
4Bora - Hansgrohe0:04:05
5UAE Team Emirates0:04:26
6Team Katusha Alpecin0:06:03
7Movistar Team0:10:10
8Quick-Step Floors0:10:32
9BMC Racing Team0:12:41
10Gazprom - Rusvelo0:12:57
11Team Dimension Data0:14:05
12Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:15:03
13Lotto Soudal0:16:03
14AG2R La Mondiale0:17:59