After yesterday’s first opportunity for the sprinters, it was expected that the fastest men in the bunch would battle for the win again since there was only one category three climb on the menu.
The peloton kept everything under control and after letting the two-man breakaway gain an advantage of seven minutes, the sprinters’ teams started to close in on the attackers and with 75 kilometers remaining the gap was down to under three minutes.
The breakaway was brought back with 17 kilometers to go and with a flat finale, it was all about positioning for the fast finish. Sajnok, with the help of his teammates, was battling hard to launch his sprint off the right wheel, at the right moment and he was in the mix when the final acceleration was made.
For the second consecutive stage, the 22-year old rider finished inside the top ten, this time taking sixth place, behind the winner, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick Step).
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“I definitely went much harder in the sprint, I went flat out, which I was not able to do yesterday when I started too late. With 300 meters to go, the path to the line opened up for me and I decided to go. I didn’t want to make the same mistake as the day before when I was too far back. So in terms of the timing of the sprint, I improved comparing it to stage three but, today, I was not able to get as good a position as yesterday. I was boxed out in the finale, I lost a few positions and I’m a little bit disappointed about it. I feel that the legs are strong and ready for the sprinting battles and now the goal is to survive in the mountains and try to do something on the remaining flat stages, of which there are not too many left.”
Stage 4: Cullera > El Puig, 175.5km
Top 3: 1. 1. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2. Sam Bennett (BORA – hansgrohe) 3. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb)
CCC Team Top 3: 7. Szymon Sajnok 22. Francisco Ventoso 28. Jonas Koch