Victory for Ulissi and second place for Riabushenko in Cagliari
July 18, 2021: UAE Team Emirates put in a dominant performance on Stage 4 of the Settimana Ciclista Italiana, a stage of 168 km with start and finish in Cagliari.
The main group reduced to 22 riders on the hilly parcours and these riders fought for the victory in the sprint, with Diego Ulissi first crossing the finish line in front of team mate Aleksandr Riabushenko and Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up).
Ulissi, in his third success of the season and second in this race, confirms himself as the leader of the general classification and of the points classification, with only one stage still to run (Cagliari-Cagliari of 170.2 km with a double pass on the 2nd category climb of the Coremò peak (5.6 km at 6.4% average gradient).
Ulissi: “The stage was tough, also due to the considerable heat. Riabushenko was very good at staying with me on the climb; together we worked well to control the attacks of the opponents and to make a great sprint, and it turned out perfectly.
We are happy, but we are already focused on tomorrow: we will have to control as best we can to bring the race home.”
Stage 4 results
1. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) 4:03:58
2. Aleksandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up) s.t.
General classification after the 4th stage
1. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) 16:19:23
2.Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start Up Nation) +12''
3.Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-hansgrohe) +16''