'I wasn't the first choice,' says Primož Roglič after titanic Tirreno-Adriatico stage four clash

Filippo Ganna cedes the leader's jersey, while Wout Van Aert and Tom Pidcock crash each other out of contention

Primož Roglič crossed the line after winning wins stage four of Tirreno-Adriatico 2023
(Image credit: Tim De Waele / Getty)

Primož Roglič won stage four at Tirreno-Adriatico after getting a last-minute call to action when his Jumbo-Visma team-mate Wout Van Aert crashed.

Van Aert clashed with Tom Pidcock on the approach to the final climb to the finish, having completed three circuits around Tortoreto on the Adriatic coast. Both riders, who ranked among the pre-stage favourites, went down hard, taking themselves out of stage contention.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.