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Press Releases | 10.09.2020

Rafał Majka retains second overall after demanding Stage 4 at Tirreno - Adriatico

Today's 194 km long queen stage from Terni to Cascia started on flat terrain, yet contained three tough climbs over the last 60 km. After the first hour of racing, a breakaway group of eleven riders managed to distance themselves from the peloton and gain a maximum lead of four minutes. On the first ascent of the day, the leading group split and a little later, only four of the escapees remained at the front. On the descent of the Rifugio Perugia, a strong chasing group managed to bridge the gap, but on the final climb the leaders were caught. When a group of 5 riders surrounding the current overall leader M. Woods attacked, Rafał Majka was also able to counter the move. During the last 10 km several riders from the first chasing group attacked and a little later, a duo took the lead, which ultimately fought out the win between themselves. When L. Hamilton opened up his sprint on the last 250m, his opponent was unable to match him and so the Australian was able to go on to take the win. The highest-placed BORA - hansgrohe rider was Rafał Majka, who crossed the finish line in eighth place and maintained his second place in the overall standings, 9 seconds behind the GC leader. 

 

Result

01 L. Hamilton                    4:46:22

02 F. Masnada                        +0:00

03 M. Woods                          +0:10

08 R. Majka                            +0:10

16 P. Konrad                           +0:53

17 M. Fabbro                          +0:53

 

From the Finish Line

"We rode in the peloton in an energy-saving way for much of the day, and in the end I was able to follow the first attacks. But when Masnada and Hamilton went, I couldn't quite keep up, yet still managed to finish 8th and kept my second place in the overall standings. This is a good starting position for the next few days, where I’ll concentrate on the hard mountain stages that are coming up, and will try to do something there.“ - Rafał Majka

"We wanted to stay in time with the other GC riders today and defend the placings that we took yesterday. We had hoped that Patrick would still be in the mix in the finale, but unfortunately that didn’t quite work out for him. Once again, Rafal put in a very strong performance and we have to be satisfied with that. Tomorrow with the mountain finish, we will try to continue riding as we have been so far.“ - André Schulze, Sports Director

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