chaotic day for Daniel Martínez and the Colombians

chaotic day for Daniel Martínez and the Colombians
chaotic day for Daniel Martínez and the Colombians

Fortunately, the situation did not escalate in the general classification, where Martínez remains third, 47 seconds behind Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). while Einer remains neck and neck with the Belgian Cian Uijtdebroeks (Visma Lease a Bike) for fourth place.

Although ‘Dani’ did not arrive with the main lot, his bicycle change occurred at the threshold of the last 3 kilometers, which allowed him to finish without variations in time due to the organization’s rules in the sprint stages.

After the results of this day, there are once again three Colombians in the ‘Top 10’: Daniel Martínez third, Einer Rubio fifth and Esteban Chaves (EF Education) in tenth place.

Einer Rubio chatting with his compatriot Esteban Chaves, at the 2024 Giro d’Italia | Photo: Getty Images

Colombia, without victory in the sprint

Happiness is not complete for the country, since the victory in the sprint that Fernando Gaviria and Juan Sebastián Molano were looking for is still missing.

Although Molano did not enter the race due to the puncture suffered 13 kilometers from the finish, Gaviria did and this time he was much closer compared to what had been the immediately previous day.

The Movistar man from Antioquia found a good lane in the last 500 meters and tried to get his head out on the right side, however, the presence of Olav Kooij (Visma Lease a Bike) hindered his path. Gaviria entered close to the fences in seventh place, just a few centimeters after the winner of the day, the Italian Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek).

This Wednesday a new role is expected from the packers, although this time they must be much more aware of possible movements in the escape.

There will be 178 kilometers of route between Genova and Lucca, with two mountain passes to the finish line. The first of them in the Passo del Bracco (3rd category) and the other is in Montemagno shortly after the final stretch.

In the last two days it has been shown that the sprinters do not have an easy time entering their field. Tadej Pogacar and Filippo Ganna carried out unexpected attacks that turned the work of the throwers upside down, warning that not even the flat stages will be a calm space for the bowlers.

General classification – Giro d’Italia 2024 (stage 4)

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) – 15h 19′ 05”

2. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) – at 46”

3. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Bora Hansgrohe) – at 47”

4. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Visma Lease a Bike) – at 56′’

5. Einer Rubio (Movistar) – at 56”

6. Lorenzo Fortunato (Astana Qazaqstan) – at 1’07”

7. Juan Pedro López (Lidl Trek) – at 1’11”

8. Jan Hirt (Soudal Quick Step) – at 1’13”

9. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan) – at 1’26”

10. Esteban Chaves (EF Education) – at 1’26”

 
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