Race: Tour of Slovakia – Stage 4
Distance: 142.1 kilometers
Senica, Slovakia — Team Novo Nordisk concluded the 2019 edition of Tour of Slovakia this Saturday with a breakaway performance in the fourth and last stage of the race.
The flat parcours favored a bunch sprint finale but the fight for the breakaway was still fierce with multiple attacks being closed down before the a group of six riders, including Team Novo Nordisk’s Péter Kusztor, were finally allowed to surge ahead.
Franklin Six (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Aljaž Jarc (Adria Mobil), Martin Urianstad (Uno-X), Marek Čanecký (Dukla Banská Bystrica), Szymon Krawczyk (Voster ATS) and Kusztor put in a good collective effort but were unable to stretch out the gap beyond the one minute and 40 seconds mark.
The World Tour teams kept a lively tempo in the main field and effortlessly brought back the escapees as the race entered the final 15 km.
In the hectic finale Andrea Peron was unable to keep the wheel of the elite group upfront and had to settle for a 30th place on the line. Elia Viviani (Deceunick – Quick-Step) won the stage while teammate Yves Lampaert took the overall win.
Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet arrived safely in the bunch and kept his 17th place in the general classification.
“The stage was mostly flat but the wind played a big role today. We had the plan to join the breakaway and I was able to be there with five other riders. We did a really good tempo all day but the peloton didn’t give us much time and our advantage never grew beyond one minute and 40 seconds. I felt really good but we were caught with 15 km to go. It was a good Tour of Slovakia for us. Charles (Planet) finished top 20 on the GC and we took two top 10 results in stages.”
Stage 4 Classification
1st – Elia Viviani (Deceunick – Quick-Step) – 03:17:36
2nd – Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ)- 0:00:00
3rd – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) – 0:00:00
30th – Andrea Peron – 0:00:04
(Photos: ©René Vigneron)