Earlier in the day, a three-rider breakaway went clear and was able to open up an advantage of over 12 minutes by the time the race reached the top of the day’s only categorized climb, the Manciano.
With over 200 kilometers, of the 235-kilometer course, left to race on stage four, the peloton was happy to let the trio maintain a sizeable advantage before starting to pick up the pace heading into the second half of the day.
However, at the 70-kilometer to go mark, the leaders were still over six minutes up the road and as a result, with all eyes on the punchy two-kilometer kick up to the finish line, the chase intensified.
The gap started to fall quickly and with 15 kilometers to go, less than one minute separated the two remaining leaders from the main bunch before the catch was finally made five kilometers later.
After some strong teamwork, de la Parte was well-positioned right up at the front of the bunch as teams began to fight for position but unfortunately, with nerves sweeping through the peloton, a crash saw the field split inside six kilometers to go.
Only a small group of riders, which included the Maglia Rosa, was able to avoid being held up behind the crash and it was from here that Richard Caprapaz (Movistar Team) emerged victorious.
Despite missing the split, de la Parte was sitting in the first chasing group with most of the other General Classification favorites and he was able to keep pushing hard before crossing the line 27 seconds behind the day’s winner to remain in contention for a position in the top ten on the General Classification.
The Spaniard sits 11th heading into tomorrow’s stage, 1’10” behind Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo – Visma).
Quotes From the Finish Line
Víctor de la Parte:
“The last 50 to 60 kilometers were really nervous so we tried to stay in front with the whole team but it was not easy and unfortunately after the crash happened, I had to stop behind it. I was able to get back to the front but then with around six kilometers to go, there was another crash and I was held back again. I’m not sure how many guys were in front at the end of the day. We tried to bridge across to those guys but it was difficult so I decided to try to stay with Miguel Ángel López, I knew that he wanted to stay as close to the front as possible so I could work with him.”
“The first week of any big tour is stressful and we know that at the Giro d’Italia the roads are difficult so, as a team, we have tried to be in front all day every day and it was good for us that we did that today.”
Stage 4: Orbetello > Frascati (235km)
Top 3: 1. Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) 2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto – Soudal) 3. Diego Ulissi (UAE – Team Emirates)
CCC Team Top 3: 24. Víctor de la Parte 49. Amaro Antunes 74. Josef Černý