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Archie Ryan takes a brilliant win in what seemed like impossible circumstances with 1km to go at Coppi e Bartali (Photo: Massimo Fulgenzi-SCA-Cor Vos)

Archie Ryan (EF Education-EasyPost) has taken his first win as a World Tour rider after a nailing biting finish on stage 4 at Coppi e Bartali in Italy.

His solo move, a long way from the finish, looked doomed on the 150.7km stage into Brisighella but the 22-year-old Irishman simply refused to take no for an answer.

And demonstrating the kind of climbing power, and aggression, that may bring him some of pro cycling’s biggest prizes, he somehow manage to get to the finish line first today.

Ryan attacked on one of the last kickers of the stage, though it was just inside the 10km to go marker, and immediately got a gap; none of his rivals able, or even trying, to go with him.

The Irishman then put his head down and fully committed to the task, though he was dangling just 10 to 15 seconds off the front of the remains of the peloton for most of his attack.

With 1km to go, he had just eight seconds as Lotto-Dstny led the charge, aided by others, in the peloton right behind him. However, the road continued to rise and dip down all the way to the line, including a ramp to the line.

And that terrain ensured Ryan had the chance to use his climbing abilities against the more powerful riders behind him; holding off the front of the peloton, which caught him right on the line.

He took the win from Jenno Berckmoes (Lotto Dstny) and Adam Ťoupalík (TDT-Unibet Cycling Team), who were 2nd and 3rd at the front of the nine-man group sprinting for the minor placings.

Lots more to come.

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