Hamilton triumphs at Cascia and Woods retains the lead

The Mitchelton Aussie beat Masnada in heads-up. Woods holds at the top. Good feelings for Simon Yates and Geraint Thomas.

The Australian Lucas Hamilton (MTS) debuted his record in 2020 by winning this Thursday in the fourth stage, between Terni and Cascia, of 194 km, of the 55 Tirreneo-Adriatico, which is still led by the Canadian Michael Woods, who entered the third position, ten seconds behind the winner. Hamilton, with a time of 4h 46, 22s, beat Italian Fausto Masnada (DQT) in the final meters, with whom he had run away with only 4.6 k to go to the finish line.

The first stage considered mountain in this edition of the Carrera de los Dos Mares saw its strong point in the last 60 km, with the ascents to the Forca di Gualdo (10.4 km, with an average difference in altitude of 7.4 percent). cent), the Rifugio Perugia (3.4 km, at 6.7 percent), with its 1,521 meters ceiling of the test, and Ospedaletto (7 km, at 6.2 percent), the latter two at 39 and 13 km, respectively, from the finish line.

A stage that soon had a battle, and a group of eleven riders, among them the Spanish Héctor Carretero (Movistar). The runner from Albacete, born in Madrigueras, was very active and came to crown the Forca di Gualdo first, preceding two other companions who had left the previous group. At the top, the leading trio took the peloton out for two and a half minutes. In the descent to the leading trio they were joined by the Italian Alessandro Tonelli. On the first ramps of Rifugio Perugia, Michael Matthews attacked, who was first at the top, with the large group only one minute behind.

Carretero, in addition to the Portuguese Rui Costa, re-entered the lead, forming a group of six runners who, about 14 km from the finish, saw the peloton return them to their bosom, shortly after the climb to Ospedaletto. And it was in this ascent where the great battle of the favorites was unleashed, thanks to a pull from the British Simon Philip Yates (MTS) that the leader Woods responded perfectly. Rafal Majka, second overall after five seconds, did not respond from the start but then joined them, forming a quintet of 'favorites' at the head just 9 km from the finish line.

Little by little, the group left at eleven o'clock, at which point Masnada and Hamilton gave a strong jerk that allowed them to leave and put a few seconds apart from their former teammates on the run. Both were planted in the last kilometer with a 15-second lead that made it clear that stage victory would be between them. It was Hamilton who attacked, nailed Masnada, and took his first stage win in 2020. In third position leading the chasing group, Woods entered, consolidating and increasing his lead thanks to the bonus at 9 seconds over Majka. This Friday the fifth stage will be run, starting from Nursia and arriving at Sassotetto, of 202 kilometers.

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