Wout Poels climbed up to seventh overall at Tirreno Adriatico after a gruelling fourth stage in Tuscany, while Geraint Thomas was forced to withdraw from the race due to illness.
I could have battled through but it wouldn’t have done me any favours.
Stage five in Italy will take the riders from Colli Al Metauro to Recanti and looks set to be the hardest day of the race so far. Poels will hope to improve on seventh overall and close the gap to current race leader Adam Yates.
1. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) 5:16:29
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
5. Davide Formolo (Bora - handgrohe) +0:09"
10. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +0:23"
1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 5:53:42
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:07"
3. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) +0:50"
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) +0:56"
5. Sam Oomen (Sunweb) s.t.
7. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +1:16"