Thomas De Gendt gave it his all to take back the yellow jersey and gain some time on his competitiors. He spent the mojority of the day in the break with Thomas Voeckler, Remy DiGregario and Remi Pauriol. However, after draggin the other three to the line for nearly the whole of the last 2km, De Gendt didn’t have enough left in the tank to win, as Voeckler came around him to win.
It wasn’t until the final 2km’s that is appeared that the peloton would catch the break-away, as Voeckler, Di Gregorio and Pauriol sat up. However, De Gendt wouldn’t be denied some success for all his efforts so he dragged the stragglers to the line only to get nipped for the win.
Stage Four Top Three
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)__________5h 04′:20″
2. Remi Pauriol (FDJ)___________________ s.t.
3. Thomas De Gendt (VacanSoleil)________s.t.
Gereral Classification Top Five:
1. Thomas De Gendt (VacanSoleil)________19h26′:46″
2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)___________+0:10
3. Remi Pauriol (FDJ)____________________+0:16
4. Matthew Goss (HTC)_________________+0:21
5. Remy Di Gregorio (Astana)_____________+0:24
The first stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico (the race between the seas, from the Western Italian coast to the Eastern) kicked off today with the Team Time Trial. Superteam Rabobank won the stage by a healthy 9 seconds over Garmin Cervelo. HTC was third. Lars Boom will wear the first leaders jersey.
Stage 1 TTT results