After yesterday’s chaotic sprint finish, the fast men had another chance today to fight for glory. After being dropped into a fine position by the team, Alberto Dainese showed a good punch and sprinted into fourth place.
The 186.2 kilometres of racing started in Morella and after a short fight, only one rider went clear to form the breakaway of the day. The gap was kept small throughout the day and even a short counterattack on the last climb couldn’t endanger the expected bunch sprint in the final. Team dsm-firmenich came through the stage in a good way, saving some energy for the final in the peloton whilst looking after each other well. On the run-in, a lot of roundabouts made it a tricky and technical fight for the best position. Coming into the final three kilometres, Sean Flynn moved up with Alberto on his wheel and both managed to escape a small crash. Sean then made a last effort, dropping Alberto into position, with Max Poole also going all in with a final pull. The Italian launched his sprint from the back and came with speed, finishing in good fourth position only a few centimetres from the podium.