Ivan Santaromita was the best finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE on the queen stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) took a decisive victory up to the Selva Rotonda ski resort, beating Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Daniel Moreno (Katusha) to the summit. Santaromita finished 34” behind Contador in 21st place.
While their results may not look remarkable on paper, Simon Clarke and Luke Durbridge turned in top performances on stage four. Clarke rounded out the top 30 while Durbridge slotted into 38th, 3’44 behind the Grand Tour winner.
Nearly half of the race’s 240 kilometres were spent in the Apennines mountains. It made for a long, hard day in the saddle. Santaromita tumbled out of contention on the general classification yesterday when he lost contact with the bunch due to a mechanical in the last five kilometres of stage three. Without overall ambitions to look after for the remainder of the race, White allowed his team a bit more freedom today.
“Clarkey is on really good form. It was no surprise that he was with the front group so late into the climb. Durbo was the big surprise. For a rider of his size and weight to get over the climbs that he did and stay with the peloton until three kilometres to go is pretty impressive. Luke’s in great nick, and it’s a really good sign looking forward to the next month.” - Sport Director Matt White
|1||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) - Tinkoff-Saxo||6:39:56|
|2||Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) - Movistar Team||0:00:01|
|3||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) - Team Katusha||0:00:05|
|4||Roman Kreuziger (Cze) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|5||Richie Porte (Aus) - Team Sky||ST|
|6||Michele Scarponi (Ita) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:08|
|7||Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||0:00:10|
|8||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) - Trek Factory Racing||0:00:11|
|9||Christopher Horner (USA) - Lampre-Merida||ST|
|10||Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) - Team Katusha||0:00:17|
|21||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:34|
|30||Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:24|
|38||Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:44|
|69||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:16|
|153||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:30:10|
|154||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|155||Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|165||Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:32:03|