Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin finishes 11th on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, with a reduced group battling it out on the uphill to the line.
It took 25 kilometres for a breakaway to establish, with an eventual five-rider group going up the road. Team Sunweb stayed tucked in the comforts of the bunch throughout the 202 kilometre stage, protecting and positioning Tom Dumoulin for the uphill finish. Tom entered the descent in good position, but on a tight hairpin turn towards the final climb, small gaps in the bunch formed with five riders opening up a short lead. As the rode rose, the gap closed slightly but the five riders were best positioned to take the stage win. Tom finished the day in 11th place, remaining 2nd overall at 1 second from the overall lead.
Tom said: “Today was a really difficult day, the final was a full on effort. I could have competed for the stage win but I knew that it would be really hard. I had to fully brake at 500 metres to go, I made a mistake and sat on the wrong side. 20 guys passed me and I knew I couldn’t go for the win anymore. It was super work from the team and I’m really thankful; through the whole day I was in a good position. Overall it was a tough stage, but a good one and I’m happy to be back here in Italy.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Today was a hard and long day after the travel day yesterday. The whole day was like a rollercoaster and the weather was really warm. We were in control during the day and the boys did an amazing job to be together and in position. It was because of this that Tom was there in the final but he had to brake with 500 metres to go, which meant that he lost a lot of spots but still finished 11th. He is also still 2nd in GC at 1 second.”