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Stage Four Re-cap:
A quick look at the profile of Stage Four made it abundantly clear that sprinters, like our Maglia Rosa Marcel Kittel, would be put on the back foot mid-way through the stage. As the German fell back, new names put themselves in contention.
The stage was determined on the Via Fortuna with some very aggressive riding from Ulissi, Moser, Colbrelli, Dumoulin and even the veteran Scarponi launching attacks in the final kms.
But it was Ulissi’s push as they hit an 18% grade that would prove decisive for the stage win. He managed to hold out a 5 second adavantage over the field and came away with a well deserved stage win. Thanks to his own final push, Tom Dumoulin was able to retake the Maglia Rosa.
Of the GC contenders, Nibali and Valverde remain the strongest at this point, but there's a lot of racing to be done. The cream is beginning to rise to the top.
General Classification after Stage Four:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 14:00:09
2. Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step) 00:00:20
3. Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)
4. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) 00:00:24
5. Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin)
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 00:00:26
7. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 00:00:31
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 00:00:35
9. Nicolas Roche (Sky) 00:00:37
10. Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)
The Jersey Holders after Stage Four:
General Classification Leader (Pink) - Tom Dumoulin (Giant - Alpecin)
Points Leader (Red) - Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick-Step)
Mountains Leader (Blue) - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
Best Young Rider Classification (White) - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
Stage Five: Praia A Mare - Benevento, 233 km
There will be no mercy on this stage for the sprinters. It begins with an ascent up to Fortino and remains bumpy throughout this hilly romp. This is a stage for the mountain goats and might see some GC boys climb the ranks as they climb the mountains. The stage ends with an uphill ramp on pave - I'm tipping Valverde for this stage win.
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