Cycle race Tirreno-Adriatico – Kämna takes the lead – Sport
German professional cyclist Lennard Kämna has taken the overall lead in the week-long Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico. The 26-year-old from Team Bora-Hansgrohe reached the finish of the 218-kilometer fourth stage from Greccio to Tortoreto in the wake of the group of top favorites and is now six seconds ahead of three-time Vuelta winner Primoz Roglic in the overall standings. “I’m super happy that it was enough to take over the overall classification. I think it will be very, very difficult to defend it. But it’s a wonderful snapshot. I’m very happy about it,” said Kämna. Slovenian Roglic was happy about his first win of the season. The 33-year-old from Team Jumbo-Visma, who wants to fight for the overall victory at the Giro d’Italia in May, sprinted to success in front of former world champion Julian Alaphilippe from France and the British Adam Yates. “It’s always nice to win. It’s nice to be back,” said Roglic, who is contesting his first race since last year’s Vuelta. Just before the short and intense final climb to Tortoreto, which had to be conquered four times, two top riders fell. Roglic’ teammate Wout van Aert and Briton Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) fell after contact but continued the race. A preliminary decision in the fight for overall victory is expected to be made on Friday. The fifth stage, 168 kilometers long, leads from Morro d’Oro to the mountain finish in Sarnano-Sassotetto. The final climb is 13.1 kilometers long with an average gradient of 7.3 percent. This will also be another interesting stress test for Kämna: This year he is to be gradually trained as a driver who can play a good role in the overall classification.