Sveta Gora – Italy’s Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) won the fourth stage of the 27th Tour of Slovenia on Saturday. Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar, also a rider of UAE Team Emirates, was second and is expected to win the race tomorrow.
Third place went to Matteo Sobrero of Italy (Astana).
The 164.1 km-long hilly stage of the race took place in the west of Slovenia, running from Ajdovščina to Nova Gorica. It featured steep challenges such as the concluding climb to Sveta Gora above Nova Gorica (2.5 km/13%), during which the winner was decided.
In overall rankings, Pogačar, who will soon defend his Tour de France title, is in the lead, followed by his teammate Ulissi, whom it seemed he did not want to beat today, and Sobrero. Slovenia’s Matej Mohorič (Team Bahrain Victorious) has fallen from second place to seventh.
The final and the longest stage of the race will be held tomorrow, taking the riders from Ljubljana to Novo Mesto. The start of the stage will coincide with another major Slovenian cycling event – the amateur Franja Marathon, which also kicks off in Ljubljana.