On September 6, on a hot afternoon in the Sevillian town of Tomares, Primoz Roglic, in a priori arrival for sprintershe intended to turn La Vuelta 2022 ‘upside down’, stalking the lead of a Remco Evenepoel that seemed solid but at that moment the attack of a Primoz was not expected… that a few meters later he saw how he went to the ground in the middle of a straight line. A tremendous blow that, although he was able to cross the finish line, left him out of any battle and the next day he did not start. Since then, weeks of rest, recovery, training at altitude (especially Teide) and the Giro in mind. In his roadmap, he was only doing the Volta a Catalunya as a previous racebut on the horn the Jumbo enrolled him in the Tirreno-Adriatico… and in the fourth stage he won the stage.
Tortoreto (3.2 km at 6.9%), It was the main climb of the day, since it was repeated when the runners completed a final circuit to complete the long 218 km of the day, and in that rush final, Primoz Roglic is one of the most fearsome runners. And that was the Frenchman Alaphilippe who opened the season on the final climb, but the Frenchman was so much passed by the Slovenian. Enric Mas, at a high level in an arrival that a priori was not ideal for his characteristics, finished in a creditable sixth place, while the lead is now for the German Lennard Kämna, from Bora, who snatches the prized leader’s jersey from a Ganna who could not resist the challenge.
Fall of Van Aert and Pidcock
The escape, of five riders (Bais, Magli, Conti, Schmidt and Eriksson), despite the fact that they had six minutes of rent, they saw how their adventure ended 60 kilometers from the end. There was still a world ahead and a complex circuit to do repeatedly. Alaphilippe, one of the most active of the day, also moved in Tortoreto, but in the penultimate step (there were four in total), his change of pace served to reduce the group of favorites.
The tension increased and a hard fall came with two illustrious protagonists: Tom Pidcock and Wout van Aert. There were 4 km left and a hitch left them both out. They got up, greeted each other and continued to the finish line. With sportsmanship. Of course, off the hook. In fact, Roglic recognized at the finish line that the idea was to work on this finish for Van Aert, but the racing circumstances were different… and the Jumbo was victorious in the same way. Primoz was missing to show off this year and it’s here. This Friday, one of the queen stages, perhaps the toughest, ending in Sarnano-Sassotetto (13.1 km at 7.9%).
Fourth stage classification
1st Primoz Roglic (ESL/Jumbo) 5h 00:04
2nd Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Quick Step) mt
3rd Adam Yates (GBR/UAE) mt
6º Enric Mas (Movistar) mt
1º Lennard Kämna (ALE/Bora) 15h 38:46
2nd Primoz Roglic (ESL/Jumbo) at 6
3rd Joao Almeida (POR/UAE) 8
10th Enric Mas (Movistar) 27