Tirreno-Adriatico: Lutsenko takes dramatic stage 4 win

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in dramatic fashion after crashing twice in the final 20 kilometres.

The Kazakh rider won from a four-rider sprint but had been almost a minute up the road after attacking solo. He was caught following his second crash inside the final two kilometres, but had just enough left to win the sprint to the line, beating Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

Yates kept hold of his overall race lead and has a seven-second advantage over Roglic with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) now 50 seconds down.

“I crashed twice in the last 20km. It made it very difficult for me. Fortunately, there was my teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, in the three-man group behind. I crashed again so I'm really happy that I made up with a stage win for this very bad day. It gives me more motivation for tomorrow and the big classics,” Lutsenko said

The first Kazakh rider to win a stage in this race, Lutsenko broke from the lead group with some 30 kilometres to go. He never had a lead of more than a minute, but he clung tenaciously to it. The difficult closing 10km circuit nearly ended his hopes when he crashed into banking on the side of the road, on the first time around, when he misjudged a corner on a descent. The adrenaline rushing, he quickly got back up and managed to maintain a good lead.

On the second lap, with less than two kilometres to go, and with a gap of only 14 seconds or so, he crashed again. His bike slid out from under him and this time he hit the road. He was up and going again almost instantly, but the small gap was disappearing rapidly.

Somehow, he managed to stay away until only 600 meters were left to go when he was caught by Roglic, Yates and teammate Jakob Fuglsang. The four played cat-and-mouse up to the final meters, but it appeared that it would go down to a sprint for the line.

Roglic went first, with Lutsenko in the middle and Yates on the left side. Lutsenko was the fastest sprinter in the group, but he had been battered by his two crashes. Nevertheless, he had the power left to outkick his companions and take the stage win.

How it unfolded

The 221km stage was a lumpy one, with the real difficulties coming in the second half of the day. After about 20 km, the day's break group formed with Nans Peters (AG2R), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-hansgrohe), Joey Rosskopf (CCC), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Luis Mas (Movistar), Giovanni Visconti (Neri Sottoli), Jenthe Biermans (Katusha-Alpecin), Robert Power (Sunweb) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo).

The field was happy to let them go, and the group worked well enough together to build up a lead of nine minutes. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) wouldn’t make it to the finish line after he climbed off midway through due to stomach complaints.

The day's first climb, the Villa del Monte, featured gradients up to 19 per cent, and as expected, the gap started dropping. With 75 km to go, it was down to five minutes.

It was a windy stage and while it did not directly cause too much concern to the peloton, it blew dirt onto the road and a series of crashes followed. Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin and Laurens De Plus both hit the deck, as did Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin). Martin and De Plus were able to continue, but Boswell would be forced to abandon.

With about 35 km to go, the lead group was caught by a small group which had escaped from the field. Lutsenko was active in the group and with 30 km to go he took off on his solo flight. Teammate Fuglsang was in the following group of favourites and held the pace down.

The vicious climb on the circuit course cut the peloton into smaller groups and Lutsenko, despite his mishaps, hung on almost to the end. Though he was caught by the chasing group, he dramatically finished off his day's work in the best way.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5:16:29
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:09
6Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First0:00:23
7Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 7 - Cell 2
9Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 8 - Cell 2
10Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension DataRow 13 - Cell 2
15Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 16 - Cell 2
18Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:28
20Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:44
21Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:55
24Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:04
25Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:02:23
28Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:47
29Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:00
30José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 30 - Cell 2
32Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:03:14
34Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:44
35Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:03:54
36Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 35 - Cell 2
37Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:22
38José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:31
39Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:05:40
40Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:37
42Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team0:06:39
43Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team0:08:04
44Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 44 - Cell 2
46Michael Schär (Swi) CCC TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:37
48Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:09:28
49Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SunwebRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First0:10:41
52Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:11:21
53Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 52 - Cell 2
54Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 53 - Cell 2
55Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension DataRow 56 - Cell 2
58Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 57 - Cell 2
59Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 58 - Cell 2
60Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 59 - Cell 2
61Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:30
67Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 66 - Cell 2
68Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 67 - Cell 2
69Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 69 - Cell 2
71Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 72 - Cell 2
74Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 74 - Cell 2
76Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 75 - Cell 2
77Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 76 - Cell 2
78Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:15:17
79Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team0:15:46
80Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 80 - Cell 2
82Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto SoudalRow 81 - Cell 2
83Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 83 - Cell 2
85Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:17:11
86Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:20:38
87Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:20:11
88Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:40
89Davide Gabburo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:21:30
90Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:29:55
91Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:20:11
92Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team0:21:30
93Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 92 - Cell 2
94Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:29:55
95Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 95 - Cell 2
97Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 96 - Cell 2
98Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:21:30
99Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:29:55
100Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:30:23
102Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:20:38
103Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team0:29:55
104Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team SkyRow 103 - Cell 2
105Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:40
106Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:30
107Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:42:41
108Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:20:11
109Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:29:55
110Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:21:30
111Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:29:55
112Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:42:41
114Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:29:55
115Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:30:23
116Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:29:55
117Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:30:23
119Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:20:11
120Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:29:55
121Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 120 - Cell 2
122Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 121 - Cell 2
123Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:40
124Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:20:38
125Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:29:55
126Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 125 - Cell 2
127Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:21:30
128Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:40:03
129Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:30:23
130Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:20:11
131Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:29:55
132Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 131 - Cell 2
133Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 132 - Cell 2
134Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 133 - Cell 2
135Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:21:30
136Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:29:55
137Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 136 - Cell 2
138Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education FirstRow 137 - Cell 2
139Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:20:11
140Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:20:38
141Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:30:23
142Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:29:55
143Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First0:30:23
144Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:29:55
145Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:30:23
146Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy0:29:55
147Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 146 - Cell 2
148Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 148 - Cell 2
150Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 149 - Cell 2
151Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:30:23
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFDimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFKoen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 155 - Cell 2
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team17pts
2Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott11Row 1 - Cell 3
3Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF5Row 6 - Cell 3
8Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky1Row 13 - Cell 3
15Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 14 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - Villa del Monte - 128km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM5pts
2Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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