Elia Viviani sprinted to fourth in Novi Ligure, which made its first appearance in nine years at the race.
The Italian Champion comes close to his first victory at this edition of his home Grand Tour.
Yves Lampaert and Remco Evenepoel will be in action at the first Hammer Series appointment of the season.
Seventh in the 34.8km-long stage against the clock, the Luxembourger made a significant jump in the general classification.
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