The Israel – Premier Tech guys put on another strong performance on stage 4 of Coppi e Bartali ending up with Omer Goldstein sprinting to eighth place.
With less meters of climbing, compared to the first three days, today’s stage was a difficult one to predict. On paper, a breakaway could have a good chance of making it all the way but with the flat finish, a bunch sprint couldn’t be ruled out either.
On the final lap of the local circuit in Montecatini Terme, Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) had a gap of over half a minute on the peloton. However, on the 2.8 km climb to Vico, Mason Hollyman went to the front of the remaining part of the bunch to up the pace. Once again, the 21-year-old showed his big talent as he closed down the gap.
Other riders tried to attack on the final kilometers but ultimately, it all came down to a sprint in a reduced peloton. The team worked well to set up Goldstein but unfortunately, the former Israeli champion got a bit boxed in and had to settle for eighth place, giving IPT its best result so far in the race.
Sports director, Claudio Cozzi: “I’m very happy with the team’s performance today. Especially on the last climb when Mason closed down that gap to Van der Poel on his own with an incredible pull. The guys did well to help Omer in the sprint and he made Top-10. I think we can be happy with how we rode today.”