Fourth stage of Tour of Slovenia proved to be the most difficult. Beautiful landscape through all the course but the pace was relentless all the way. Four escapees of the day did not have much of the chances for the stage win. With 40 kilometres from the finish line team Gazprom-RusVelo took the charging of peloton with high pace entrance to the final climb to Predmeja.
Positioning was crucial and everyone was aware of it. So did the UAE-Team Emirates with Polanc, Ulissi and Pogačar on the top spots. Only after a few minutes of climbing the group of four riders clipped away from the field and Tadej Pogačar was on duty for Diego Ulissi. Green jersey defending was the priority for the team. They did it well, with Pogačar setting high pace on the front, Vlasov was able to attack only once, but did not go anywhere. Nothing surprisingly happened after top of the mountain, so the group of Visconti, Vlasov, Ulissi and Pogačar contested for the win in the final sprint. Visconti was the fastest, with Ulissi finishing second and Pogačar third.
»Our goal today was to keep the green jersey, which we did. So far I am happy with the race, I am feeling better day by day, I am happy with my progress, so it is a shame race is almost over.«
Tadej Pogačar after stage four
In GC Diego Ulissi stands 22 seconds in front of Giovanni Visconti. Tadej Pogačar is fourth with 30 seconds deposite to the leader. Therefor we should remember us that Tadej is by far the best cyclist in the young classification. Tour of Slovenia will conclude on Sunday with sprinters stage in Novo mesto.
avtor: Gregor Homan