You win some, you lose some. Today, we were not winning.

Sean came up with a cunning plan of covering five spots, plus the finish. We had no idea that it would end up being one of the most hectic days of the year. We got to the first spot, but Sean warned me that once the peloton were gone, we need to rush to get to the second spot in time. We got to the second spot with only a few minutes to spare. Second spot done, we ran back to the car. We drove around the countryside in a breakneck pace, interspersed with sudden deceleration when a traffic camera appeared, seemingly out of nowhere.

We arrived at our third spot just two minutes too late and we got to the fourth spot with barely enough time to set up the camera before they got there. We ran back to the car and headed back to the finish. I dropped Sean off and raced further south to Ferrara, to catch them at the final intermediate sprint. I managed to squeeze through the barriers in the last minute and managed to catch the peloton as they rode past the castle in Ferrara.

For all this hard work, it feels like we didn’t have much to show for. It was not a visually interesting stage, which is always challenging. We ended up finishing the day with an empty tank, both in the figurative and in the literal sense – our car only has a 35 litre tank.

 

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CANYON//SRAM Racing riders relax before the stage 4

Alexis Ryan prepares her drinks for the stage

Riejanne Markus keeps cool in the shade

Julia Soek and Coryn Rivera talk about the stage finish

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team riders ride to the start

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team riders ride to the start

Final checks in the mirror for Sheyla Gutierrez

Peloton weave through the countryside

The peloton rides through Villamzrana

Katia Ragusa on Stage 4

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team stay on the front with 100m to go before the final intermediate sprint in Ferrara

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team stay on the front with 100m to go before the final intermediate sprint in Ferrara

Sarah Roy (AUS) of Orica Scott Cycling Team tries to help Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) to close the gap with the lead group

Jolien D’hoore unleashes her sprint with Hannah Barnes in her wheel

Result confirmed from a photo finish, Jolien D’hoore wins Stage 4

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