After three days in Hungary, the Giro d’Italia is back in its homeland. And the first stage this year on Italian soil has it all. The fourth section starts in Avola and ends at Etna. It is the first difficult mountain end this year.
This challenges the favorites to the overall standings on the fourth day. You can not win the Giro today, but if you have bad legs, you can definitely lose it.
After the start in Hungary, the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) leads the overall position ahead of the British Simon Yates (+0: 11) and compatriot Tom Dumoulin (+0: 16), the Giro winner 2017. Best German is Emanuel Buchmann (Bora- hansgrohe) in a 45th place (+1: 08).
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Who has the best legs on Etna? 4th stage here in the live ticker:
Giro d’Italia live in the ticker: 4th stage from Avola to Etna
Giro route – Course and profile for step 4: Dance on the volcano Etna
15:31 – Change in pink jersey is imminent
With 50 kilometers to go, the distance has still not changed. In the field, it seems to be more relaxed. Thus, the breakaways can slowly but surely do away with the possibility of stage victory and also the pink jersey. With a lead of seven minutes, it remains very realistic.
15:24 – Giro, phase 4: The chances for Kämman are increasing
BikeExchange is holding back. Here’s a look at how Yates is doing after his fall. After his time trial victory, he would have been the big favorite. Bahrain-Victorious and Ineos Grenadiers just dutifully fill the gap left by BikeExchange and Alpecin-Fenix. It does not really look like they are going to fight for the stage victory at the moment. This increases the chances of the leading group around Kämman!
15:17 – Van der Poel out of the pink jersey without a fight?
Bahraini Victorious and Ineos Grenadiers are seen working in the field. Alpecin-Fenix has no ambitions to defend the pink jersey in terrain unsuitable for Mathieu van der Poel. Van der Poel had in fact unsuccessfully tried to jump into an eruption this morning. Alpecin-Fenix is now represented by Oldani.
15:10 – 61 kilometers to the top of the mountain
The riders continue on the long flat stretch towards the bottom of the climb, the racing situation is calm at the moment, the silence before the storm on the volcano!
14:58 – Kämman continues to lead
The group around Lennard Kennan continues to determine this stage, the Bora profession is still very active and in strong shape after its attack on the first day and the strong time trial.
14:49 – Giro live – 79 kilometers back
79 kilometers is still ahead of the leading group. Outliers are currently on the only longer, flatter section. But here too there are always some ups and downs. The advantage over the field is about 7:35 minutes.
14:40 – Vansevenant virtual in pink
The best placed rider from the top group is Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). The Belgian is number 20, 43 seconds behind Van der Poel. So Vansevenant is currently wearing the pink jersey. Second best from the group is the Italian Valerio Conti (+0: 47). Lennard Kämman is 1:55 minutes behind van der Poel in the overall standings.
14:30 – Outliers harmonize
The management team with Lennard Kennan continues to work well together. But there are still 92 kilometers to go. In the final, however, the harmony is soon over. Your lead is currently 7:55 minutes.
14:22 – 103 km – Steered in the field
The platoon gained some ground and reduced the gap to the escaped by two minutes. Meanwhile, there is a drop at the back of the field. Luca Rastelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) falls and causes some chaos. But the Italian is quickly back on his bike.
14:10 – Giro live – match for the mountain jersey
Today’s final at Etna is of course not only about the pink jersey, but of course also about the blue mountain jersey. This is currently still on the shoulders of Rick Zabel, who secured the jersey in the individual time trial in Budapest with the fastest time on the climb to the castle and successfully defended it on the 3rd stage. Pascal Eekhoff overtook him in terms of points (both 5 points), but because the German is better classified in the overall standings, he is allowed to roll in the blue against Etna today. However, the adventure in blue will also end there. As you know, Zabel does not climb and therefore falls behind on Etna. Today’s winner was to be the new wearer of the mountain jersey. 40 mountain points are awarded on Mount Etna.
Rick Zabel in the blue jersey of the mountain classification leader at the Giro d’Italia
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14:00 – Bahrain Victorious and Ineos in front of the field
The Ineos team continues to work in the field. They also have one of the top favorites for the pink jersey of Richard Carapaz. The British team receives support from Bahrain Victorious. The boys in red and orange run after Mikel Landa.
13:52 – Giro live – two sprint classifications
Today, of course, everything is focused on the mountain end at Etna. But before then, there are still two sprint classifications on the program: in Paternò 33.3 kilometers from the finish line and in Biancavilla 23.4 kilometers from the finish. Immediately thereafter, the final ascent begins.
13:43 – 129 km – Ten minutes ahead
The peloton again gave the leading group a bigger lead. Kämman and Co. is now about 10:20 minutes in front of the field.
13:31 – Miguel Ángel López resigns!
Serious setback for the Astana Qazaqstan team around Vincenzo Nibali: Miguel Ángel López has to give up the stage and thus the Giro. As the team announced, the Colombian has suffered from a left hip injury in the last few days. More information follows.
13:30 – 138 km – Hatch in the field
Ineos is currently at the forefront of the field, followed by Lotto Soudal. Also present is Roger Kluge, who was previously involved in a crash with a motorcycle. He apparently survived the incident unscathed. The scene in the video:
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13:21 – Eruption over 8:30 minutes ahead
The first 30 kilometers are over. There are still 142 kilometers left. The leading group is now more than 8:30 minutes ahead of the field.
13:11 – Giro live – it’s Calmejane’s turn
It just seemed like Calmejane had given up his race to catch up. But now it’s the turn of the French. The leading group now includes 14 drivers. Today’s refugees are: Stefano Oldano (Alpecin-Fenix), Valerio Conti (Astana Qazaqstan), Lennard Källa (Bora-hansgrohe), Davide Villella (Cofidis), Rémy Rochas (Cofidis), Diego Andrés Camargo (EF Education-EasyPost), Erik Fetter (EOLO-Kometa), Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert-Matériaux), Alexander Catafort (Israel – Premier Tech), Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Mauri Vansevenant (Quick) – Step Alpha Vinyl), Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën Team).
13:08 – The group around Kämmen is expanded
The management team around Kämmen has now significantly increased their lead. The peloton seems to be satisfied with the composition and is therefore now moved out. The lead for the refugees is already more than four minutes. Behind them, Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën Team) is chasing after the group. He’s only ten seconds away, can he still catch up?
13:00 – Van der Poel caught up
Mathieu van der Poel was caught offside. The leading group around Lennard Kennan still exists. But their advantage is not great yet.
12:57 – Giroticker – Van der Poel attack!
Now the man attacks in pink. Mathieu van der Poel tries to build a bridge over the breakaway group. The Dutchman is a strong and versatile rider, but not a climbing goat. If he wants to defend the pink jersey today, then he needs to start the final climb with a lead over Simon Yates and Co. A smart move by the 27-year-old.
12:53 – Feel in the lead
The riders are now out of Avola and tackling the first climb of the day. However, this is not categorized. The next motorists are blowing for the attack. Participating again: Thomas De Gendt. But Lennard Kennan also breaks out and takes the leap into the breakaway group.
12:45 – Giro live – The Gendt group caught up
It was a short pleasure. The peloton immediately followed and immediately regained the lead. All over again.
12:41 – Thomas De Gendt tries it
The first attack comes from a big name: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) tries to break away from the field, several drivers follow him.
12:40 – Sharp start!
The sharp start has taken place. It starts in glorious sunshine. The 172-kilometer journey up Mount Etna begins. And immediately there are the first attacks.
INFO – Giro live – Stage 4 profile
172 kilometers on Sicily and the difficult mountain finish on Mount Etna in the final awaits the riders on this fourth day of the stage. Here is the profile of the scene in video:
Giro route – Course and profile for step 4: Dance on the volcano Etna
Giro d’Italia live in the ticker: Welcome!
Buongiorno from Sicily on live ticker from the 4th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Today’s section takes the field from Avola up to Etna. A total of 172 kilometers must be covered. Jonas Klinke accompanies the scene here for you in the ticker. Have fun!
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