Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
Stage 4: San Marino – San Marino ( 154.8 km)
On Monte Titano, a circuit worthy of a World Championship A thrilling exercise in non-stop racing from kilometre 0. On Monte Titano, a Titan called Márton Dina. The Hungarian, leader of the mountains in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali 2021, couldn’t take the breakaway on Thursday and couldn’t score points. He saved his strength, with his mind on Friday. At the beginning he could not enter the first breakaways, the team worked for him, catapulted him and he was able to recover 1’32” in the first climb to Titano to enter the breakaway, from that moment of twelve riders. Cycling is made up of great names and historic moments, but also of great little odysseys, full of sweat and effort. Such was the case.
Márton Dina was able to score points in the first two points-scoring stages for the grand prix of the mountains and secured the defence of his jersey by one point over the Colombian Osorio, who becomes his main rival for this title with a view to the final stage. With the points added up, with the race entering the dizzying final circuit and with a peloton that was getting more and more launched, Dina let things go and returned to the discipline of the big group while some of the escapees persevered to keep the breakaway alive. A fruitless insistence.
For the last lap, to win was a question of the main group, some 40 riders, where some movement was taking place. There was Edward Ravasi from Varese. Danish leader Jonas Vingegaard won the race, with Edward Ravasi finishing in 19th position. Ravasi remains in 16th place overall. The satisfaction of a day of very good work could not be complete due to the retirement of Mattia Frapporti.
This Saturday, this edition of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali will come to an end with a circuit in Forli that will have to be ridden seven times. The climb to Rocca delle Caminatte, 3.5 km with an average gradient of 6.4%, will be tackled on as many occasions, but will only score points for the KOM on the third, fifth and seventh and final lap. Its summit is 16.4 km from the finish.
Marton Dina: “I promised you, and I did it: I gave everything to defend this green jersey and at the end I did it, and I’m very happy. Tomorrow will be a battle, I know it: but now I don’t think about it, I only think about recovering my strength”.
Edward Ravasi: “I’m happy but not satisfied. I’m happy to have been there with the best until the end, I’m happy to have put another important brick in my condition, I’m happy because I feel better and better. I’m not satisfied for that hole that I took at the end in the sprint, and I’m not satisfied for how the race went because with a different trend I could have done something more”.