Alexey Lutsenko claimed a memorable win at Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday after the Astana rider crashed twice in the final 20 kilometres of the 221km fourth stage from Foligno to Fossombrone.
The Kazakhstan national champion had attacked a select group of riders, including race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 38km from the finish before building an advantage of around a minute before losing his line on a tight left-hand corner and riding off course. However, Lutsenko kept his composure before continuing.
As the chasing group whittled down his lead to just 14 secs Lutsenko lost control, again on a left-hand turn. Though this time the 26-year-old fell heavily with most assuming his race was over. Despite the setback, Lutsenko continued before he was caught by the trio of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Yates and another Astana rider, Jakob Fuglsang.
Having spent over 36km out in front alone, the smart money will have been on Roglic, Yates or Fuglsang. However, with around 100 metres to go Lutsenko opened up his sprint before taking an emotional stage win ahead of Roglic. Yates, who finished in third spot, retained his overall lead with Roglic moving up to second while Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) climbed to third on general classification.