Giro d’Italia Stage 4: Rosskopf Makes the Break10. May 2016, Praia a Mare (ITA) — Road Team
Stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia, the first stage on Italian soil, saw Joey Rosskopf make a four-rider breakaway after 15 kilometers of racing.
Rather than be allowed to establish a decent gap, the breakaway was kept on a tight leash by the Nippo- Vini Fantini team, which saw the gap go out to three minutes, come right back to a mere 15 seconds, and then back out to three minutes,
The breakaway was caught with 50 kilometers to go and attacks came from all directions, before Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) made the winning attack in the final 10 kilometers.
Quotes of the Day
“When you get in a breakaway you always hope for a situation where teams are either fighting not to work or let you get a big gap and that definitely didn’t happen today. They really made us work for it. So that’s not really what you want to see because we came to back to around 15 seconds of the group after only 60 kilometers, and then had to work to get it back up.”
“But that was my goal today, it’s not like I just found myself in the breakaway by accident. So it’s nice to be able to set out a goal and make it happen like that. I felt good all day. It was also a chance to go for the KOM jersey but that didn’t happen because we were caught so early, but I was feeling good enough to go for that. So now we’ll see what happens, maybe try another day to get in the breakaway.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“It was a bit bizarre to see a small team like Nippo-Vini Fantini working so hard to try and close the gap between the breakaway and the peloton. The stage would have had a totally different outcome had this not happened. But in the process it became a very hard stage for everyone with a really high pace. The guys covered 50 kilometers in the first hour of racing which says it all really.”
“The plan was always to have Joey in the breakaway and that happened. Then we had a couple of guys in mind for the final but when we got to the final part of the race we realized that it was probably harder than we originally thought. Alessandro De Marchi was on the attack and was trying to test his legs a bit to see where he is. That’s the way we have to race to get results here.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 4 Catanzaro to Praia a Mare 200km
Top 3: Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida), Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant Alpecin), Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
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