The 182km stage along Italy’s nearly flat Adriatic coast was no problem compared to the day before the entire Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo Bissouma teams left the race with a positive COVID-19 test.
The only controversy on Wednesday was that Olympic track champion Elia Viviani (Cofidis) was clipped to an official bike 30 kilometers away from the end.
Italy’s Bibiani appeared to be relatively intact and continued, but had to work hard to return to the group. He didn’t appear in the final sprint as De Mare showed the class again.
Belgium’s Sander Armée and Matea Vice (Androni Giocattoli-Cidermek), part of the first six secession, attacked with just over 30 km remaining, and for some time after building two, Belgium’s Sander It seemed that Armée was waiting for the victory. Minute lead.
With 10 kilometers remaining, Army (Lotto-Soudal) still spent a minute at Peloton, but he was soon swallowed by a flat, fast break-in to the Italian seaside town.
After Army was captured with 6km remaining, UAE Team Emirates riders picked up the pace in the last winding 1km to lead Fernando Gaviria, but De Mare did his best to claim victory.
“It’s impressive and really impressive,” De Mare said. “The whole team has moved up for me. They had to regain their departure and set a really high pace.
“It feels great. Of course I didn’t expect to win four stages here. I’m very happy because I was looking for a win on stage. I really want to congratulate them because it’s also a win for the whole team. I believed in
De Mare is still leading Sagan in the point classification.