"Today it was much harder than I expected actually. It was only 111 kilometers with no corners, so the whole day was a really fast circuit. We knew it was going to be warm like the last days, but it was less of an issue than yesterday with the longer stage. It was okay today, but the speed was high from the start; I think we did 49km/h average. It was a hard day.
I did not know what Nibali was doing actually; I was a bit surprised he was going in a break. They were only three guys, so we were never really worried. But at one moment they were going so fast that it was hard to take back anytime. All the time it was one and a half minutes, and I knew the sprinters' teams were going to help in the finale.
I have to really thank my teammates today. Especially after Eugenio (Alafaci) crashed hard yesterday, he pulled full gas the whole day and kept going back for bottles. Greggy (Daniel) and Matthias (Brändle) pulled a long time and took off a lot of time, and Marco (Coledan) always stayed with me until the end. They did a great job, we were only with five, but we managed to control the race. I am happy it's over now.
It's nice. I have not won so many stage races, and it's nice for me to start the year like this. It is a good sign after the winter, and it says something about my level at this moment, and I am really happy about that. It sets a good pace for the rest of the year, there's a lot of other races coming up, of course, and this motivates me, even more, to keep working hard in the next weeks, next months."
1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:34:44
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
STAGE 4 ITT
1 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:14:03
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:03
3 Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:07
1 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 4:15:04
2 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:03
3 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima 0:00:07
1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors 3:48:47
2 Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
3 German Nicolas Tivani (Arg) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors 2:16:48
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:03
3 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 20:19:00
2 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Medellin - Inder 0:00:14
3 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:16
4 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima 0:00:20
5 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:26
6 Laureano Rosas (Arg) Argentina 0:00:27
7 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
9 Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:01:29
10 Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:31