Wout Poels climbed up to seventh overall at Tirreno Adriatico after a gruelling fourth stage in Tuscany, while Geraint Thomas was forced to withdraw from the race due to illness.

The Dutchman remained at the pointy end of the action across the closing 40 kilometres and came home 10th on the 221-kilometre stage, 23 seconds back on winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

Unfortunately Thomas was forced to stop midway through the day due to illness. The Welshman has been struggling with stomach issues for a couple of days and the decision was taken for him to stop and rest up.
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I could have battled through but it wouldn’t have done me any favours.
Thomas said: “I’ve been struggling with stomach issues for a couple of days now. I wanted to start this morning but I knew as soon as we hit the first climb that I wasn’t right.

“I could have battled through but it wouldn’t have done me any favours. We agreed on the road that it was better I stop and rest up. I’ll head home, have a couple of easy days, and then get back into training early next week.” 

Stage five in Italy will take the riders from Colli Al Metauro to Recanti and looks set to be the hardest day of the race so far. Poels will hope to improve on seventh overall and close the gap to current race leader Adam Yates.
Stage four result

1. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) 5:16:29
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
5. Davide Formolo (Bora - handgrohe) +0:09"
10. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +0:23"

Overall standings

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 5:53:42
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:07"
3. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) +0:50"
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) +0:56"
5. Sam Oomen (Sunweb) s.t.
7. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +1:16"
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