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2013 Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 4 - Froome soars to win
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/9/2013
2013 Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 4 - Froome soars to win
 
2013 Tirreno-Adriatico


2013 Tirreno-Adriatico

Mar 9, Stage four: Narni to Prato di Tivo, 173km

Chris Froome (Sky) won the Oscar for playing possum when he went from a man seemingly welded to the rivet to a man on a rocket in the closing kilometres of stage 4 to record an emphatic win with a withering last kilometre attack.

Despite teammate Rigoberto Uran driving on at a hard pace to gradually whittle the contendors to nine with three kilometres to go the 1450m finish at Prato di Tivo Froome looked a man already in top gear with nothing left. Alberto Contador (Saxo - Tinkoff) had already made several powerful attacks and pulled clear with Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mauro Santambrogio (ITA) – Farnese Vini as the kilometre kite loomed.

Froome looked spent, but then suddenly accelerated to join the trio and without pause passed and dropped them. Froome held off his closest rival Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) by six seconds with Nibali coming home a further five back to round out the podium.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) who started the day in second place behind Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) was strong enough to hold on for fourth and move into the lead, a slender four-second lead ahead of Froome.

After two separate attacks as he tried to disrupt the rhythm of Team Sky, Contador finished the day 15 seconds back on Froome, slightly distanced at the finale.

Froome held off his closest rival Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) by six seconds with Nibali coming home a further five back to round out the podium. Yet a strong performance from Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) was enough to hand the Pole a slender four-second lead over Froome.

After two separate attacks as he tried to disrupt the rhythm of Team Sky, Contador finished the day 15 seconds back on Froome, slightly distanced at the finale.

"I’m really happy with that victory it was a really good day for us.", explain Froome, "I only ended up doing a kilometre in the wind myself. It really was an armchair ride. To have the guys there who were with me on the climb – Rigo, Sergio and Dario – to have them pulling for me when guys like Nibali and Contador are attacking is a really good feeling. I think everyone was hurting up at the top there. I had a little bit left to go in that last k and that was down to the work that was done by the rest of the guys during the day."

"It’s going to be a tough fight. Kwiatkowski is maybe a surprise leader but he’s definitely shown that he’s got the form to be up there in that leadership position. It’s going to be hard to prize that off him but we’ll take it one day at a time and do everything that we can. There is some great momentum behind the team at the moment with the guys doing so well at Paris-Nice. There’s a great buzz around the team and we want to try and carry that along. There’s a really great feeling over here and morale is high. Watching the guys do the business in Paris-Nice yesterday just motivated us all the more to do what we did today."

Mark Cavendish who had enjoyed three days in the maglia azzurra but without a solo win finished the stage 4th from last over 19 minutes down.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky – 4:41:31
2 – Mauro Santambrogio (ITA) – Farnese Vini - +6
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) – Astana - +11
4 – Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) – Omega Pharma – Quick-Step – +13
5 – Chris Horner (USA) – RadioShack - Leopard – +15

OVERALL STANDINGS
1 – Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) – Omega Pharma – Quick-Step – 16:04:59
2 – Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky – +4
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) – Astana - +16
4 – Alberto Contador (ESP) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff - +30
5 – Rigoberto Uran (COL) – Team Sky – +33

 


 

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