Race: Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 4
Start/Finish: Montalto di Castro/Terminillo
Terminillo, Italy — Romain Gioux set out to ride in his first World Tour breakaway on Saturday on the Queen Stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, slipping into a 6-man group at the beginning of the race to build a maximum 10-minute advantage before the final climb at the end of stage four.
Gioux, in his first full year as a professional cyclist, worked up steady cooperation with his fellow escapees as strong headwinds pummelled the group for more than four hours. The 30-year old Frenchman joined Team Novo Nordisk’s pro team last year as a stagiaire, and quickly rose through the ranks to earn a starting spot in 2017.
With the leaders’ teams fully focused on the final 16km climb up to the ski base at Terminillo, Gioux and his breakaway companions were chased down in the final hour and caught with under 20km to go. But not before Gioux waved farewell to his first-ever breakaway in the pro peloton.
Colombian rider Nairo Quintana won the stage and took over the leader’s blue jersey on the snowy mountain outside of Rome, and now leads the race with three stages remaining, including Sunday’s punishing 209km hilly traverse into …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk