Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo Visma) won stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie just ahead of the fast finishing European Champion, Giacomo Nizzolo of Team Qhubeka NextHash. Fernando Gavaria (UAE Team Emirates) was 3rd.
Stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie was the longest stage of the race, measuring just over 205km in distance, from Neufchateau to Fleurus. It was a very fast stage, with multiple breakaway attempts throughout the stage. This made it a hard day out, the kind of race the European Champion enjoys.
A final climb in the last 14km reduced the peloton quite significantly but a number of top sprinters were still able to make the final selection, including Nizzolo. He also had teammate Dimitri Claeys with him, who played a great support role in the final kilometers.
Jumbo Visma lead out the sprint with Gavaria on the wheel of Groenewegen followed by Nizzolo. As Groenewegen made his push for the line down the right, Nizzolo pushed past the Colombian in front of him and went down the left side. Nizzolo showed good finishing speed but was just unable to pass Groenewegen before the line.
The 2nd place today follows on from Nizzolo’s 9th and 7th place placing’s on stage 1 and 2, respectively. Tomorrow will be the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie where another sprint finale is expected.