Ulissi does not fail his annual appointment with Jorgenson firm in front

Diego Ulissi rose to professionalism in 2010, in the ranks of the Lampre team, and in 2023, at the age of 33, he remains one of the most feisty riders in the peloton. Performing well in short and explosive finals in small groups is his specialty, and since the Tour of Oman is largely made up of days of this style, He did not miss his appointment: the UAE rider won the fourth stage ahead of the Frenchman Zingle (Cofidis) and the Dutchman Schelling (Bora). In the end there were forty runners who risked the victory in the ascent to Yitti Hills (1.7 km at 5.9%), and Ulissi, who has achieved victories in all his professional years (he debuted in 2010), opened his locker in 2023 to add victory number 45 to his impressive resume. “The team has started the season well”he said, with Pogacar’s victory the day before in Jaén in mind.

For the first time in this Tour of Oman there was no change of leader and, after the fourth stage, Matteo Jorgenson faces the fifth and final daywhich will be the queen stage, in front of the general classification with just five seconds behind Ulissi himself. The start from Izki was frantic, and it didn’t matter that the menu that the riders had ahead of them consisted of 204 kilometres. The average was very high, close to 48 km/h, and in this way it was impossible for escape attempts to prosper. It had to be almost in the middle of the race when the breakaway was formed, with four members in it and Spanish representation: Urko Berrade, from Kern Pharma. They came to have an income of more than three minutes and the work of Movistar and Cofidis from behind, among others, caused their adventure to come to an end ten kilometers from the end.

Fans at the Tour of Oman at the pace of the race

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Fans at the Tour of Oman at the pace of the raceTHOMAS SAMSONAFP

With the group lined up, the hostilities began. Surprised Ackermann, the UAE sprinter, who went solo for a couple of kilometers. Lutsenko was also very active. Once caught, Iván Cobo (Kern Pharma) tried to surprise two km from the end, without success. With everyone together, the small sprint with the terrain stinging up was inevitable and Ulissi was the strongest on Yitti Hills. “Ackermann attacked, reduced the group, and on the last climb Laengen and Formolo did a perfect job preparing for the sprint,” said Ulissi of his victory, with Jesús Herrada in ninth place. Matteo Jorgenson, the leader, was 13th and keeps the red jersey. “I am confident. On these climbs I feel like one of the strongest, or the strongest. The last day will be hard.” told AS in the American after the stage. He was referring to stage five that will have a classic outcome of the race: Green Mountain, 5.7 km to 9.9% in a day of 152 km that will decide the winner.

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Fourth stage classification

1st Diego Ulissi (ITA/UAE) 4h 36:48

2nd Axel Zingle (FRA/Cofidis) mt

3rd Ide Schelling (PBA/Bora) mt

9º Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) mt

13th Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) mt

General

1º Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) 16h 02:36

2nd Diego Ulissi (ITA/UAE) to 5

3rd Mauri Vansevenant (BÉL/Quick Step) mt

4th Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA/Ag2r) 14

5th Maxim van Gils (BÉL/Lotto) 15

6th Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) 16

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