Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 4) Terni – Cascia

IT Italy, Thursday 10 September 2020
194 km

Masnada on the podium at Tirreno-Adriatico

Masnada on the podium at Tirreno-Adriatico

Fausto Masnada is third overall at the “Race of the Two Seas” with just three days to go, after a spirited ride on the mountainous stage 4 from Terni to Cascia, which was peppered with three classified climbs – Forca di Gualdo, Rifugio Perugia, and Ospedaletto – all crammed inside the final 50 kilometers.

The day spent in the charming Umbria was a lively one, dominated by a ten-man breakaway that had within its ranks also Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Davide Ballerini, who remained there until the run-in to the first ascent, when a puncture took him out of the group. As the peloton ramped up the pace, shedding riders out the back, an important selection was made at the front, leaving only two riders in the lead over the top of the stage’s first difficulty.

The survivors of the breakaway were brought back on the last climb, where attacks started flying. Fausto Masnada was among those dropped, but a remarkable all-out effort of James Knox helped him return at the front on the tricky and sinuous descent to Cascia, with eight kilometers to go. When Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) went clear, Masnada sensed this could be the race-winning move and immediately joined the Australian. The 26-year-old Italian did the bulk of the work and ensured a 15-second gap for the duo under the flamme rouge, before being outsprinted in the final 100 meters.

His first podium at World Tour level since joining the Wolfpack three weeks ago elevated Fausto to third on the general classification ahead of the race’s only summit finish, a result that served as a huge confidence boost for the Italian: “I came into the race with a good condition and after following the GC guys on Wednesday’s gruelling last climb, I wanted to do something today. I got dropped on the final ascent, but I could return thanks to an amazing ride of James. Then I attacked together with Hamilton and pushed really hard, emptying myself out there. Despite taking runner-up, I am not sad, because second from this field is a good result, which makes me look with confidence to Friday’s stage to Sarnano-Sassotetto.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
4:46:22
2 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
0:10
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
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5 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
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6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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7 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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75 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:35
117 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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131 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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140 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
18:05:52
2 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:09
3 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
4 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:27
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:30
6 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:34
7 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
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9 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
0:47
10 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:35
82 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:01
119 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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126 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:54
127 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:26
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
2 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
20 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
4 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
5 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
13 pt
7 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
13 pt
8 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
9 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
11 pt
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
8 pt
15 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
30 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
18:06:19
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
0:07
3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
4 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
0:25
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana Pro Team
1:03
6 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
1:35
8 Denis Nekrasov
Gazprom - RusVelo
2:10
9 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
2:16
10 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
5:23
1 Michael Woods
EF Pro Cycling
20 pt
2 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
18 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
15 pt
4 Nathan Haas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
5 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
6 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
7 Mathias Frank
AG2R La Mondiale
9 pt
8 Marco Canola
Gazprom - RusVelo
8 pt
9 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
7 pt
10 Daniel Savini
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
6 pt
22 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 54:19:34
2 BORA - hansgrohe 1:04
3 Astana Pro Team 1:34
4 EF Pro Cycling 2:07
5 Team Sunweb 2:11
6 AG2R La Mondiale 7:56
7 Groupama - FDJ 9:50
8 Trek - Segafredo 12:29
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 17:01
10 INEOS Grenadiers 17:04

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