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Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 4 Report and Results
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/7/2013
Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 4 Report and Results
Giro 2013

Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 4, Policastro to Serra San Bruno, 246km: Enrico Battaglin takes stage win, Luca Paolini retains race lead while Bradley Wiggins slips.

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Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) riding from one of the smallest, least well funded teams, out-paced the big guns to take a surprise stage win, a several clear bike lengths ahead of Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team). Luca Paolini, Ryder Hesjedal and Cadel Evans were safely across the line in what was quite a large group following a series of big attacks on the final climb, but Bradley Wiggins looked to have been stuck behinnd a crash and lost 17 seconds to slip down to sixth place, while Paolini maintained his race lead.

23 year old Enrico Battaglin is the nephew of the great Govanni Battaglin who rode during the 1970s and early 80s and is in only his second year as a full professional.

The day could have gone anyone of a number of ways. Classified as medium mountain stage the majority of the route was south along the coast on undulating roads. With just over 40km to go the route cut inland across the' big toe' of Italy to encounter the two-pronged sting in the tail, the 498m 3rd Cat. Vibo Valentia  followed by the 907m 2nd Cat with its short descent to the finish at Serra San Bruno

Stage 1 © Gazetta dello Sport

The early part of the stage featured a seven man breakaway made up of Julien Berard (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), Miguel Minguez & Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel), Johan Le Bon & Francis Mourey (FDJ) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM). Behind them the peloton was being led by Katusha, more out of lack of support than tactical. While it provided light entertainment for the crowds the break wasn't going to last and by the time the road started to rise only Minguez is left and he is quickly caught by the peloton, which is being led by Vini Fantini and Blanco.

The start of the first climb saw a quick shift in the makeup of the peloton. While the favourites were up the front, the 'bus' was already in the making around Mark Cavendish and a few teammates.

Up the front Patrick Gretsch (Argos Shimano) has a dig. Meanwhile, a grupetto is forming out the back in which is firmly ensconced Mark Cavendish and some of his OPQS cronies. With 35km to go Vincenzo Nibali needs a new wheel but because it is the start of the descent he opts to exchange a bike with Valerio Agnoli. It takes some nifty riding to get himself back in contact though.

The temperature has dropped some ten degrees with low cloud providing misty and wet conditions. Any descent is going to be dicey if someone decides to push it hard. Frederik Willems (Lotto) bridges the gap to Gretsch. The pair are caught before too long after another intermediate spritn is decided. Next Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) launches an attack. Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani) goes soon after and makes contact with his compatriot.

The attacks are relentless, and the next involves Carlos Quintero (Colombia), Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini) and Sylvain Georges (Ag2R) making an attempt to reach Marcato and Pirazzi. Behind them Sky materialises on the front with Wiggins tucked in behind Kanstantsin Siutsou and Sergio Henao. Up the road with conditions deteriorating Georges has dropped his fellow escapees and is making headway.

Georges' effort is nullified by a massive dig by Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) accompanied by Robinson Chalapud. Di Luca keeps going hard trying to rid himself of the Columbian. The effort is all too much but with the line in sight Di Luca is still not giving up. His legs look like they are filling with lead though and he is passed by a large group with a few hundred metres to go. Almost all the favourites are there but there is no sign of Wiggins something that only a few may have spotted in the murky conditions. One of these might have been Rigoberto Uran who is contesting the sprint and comes in fourth, and perhaps Henao who is at the back of the group. 17 seconds later Wiggins arrives without a teammate in sight.

Tomorrows stage 5 is a 203km flat stage from Cosenza to Matera.

Stage Results - Top 60

1 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 6:14:19
2 Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
5 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp  
9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard  
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha  
11 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
14 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
15 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
16 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha  
17 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
18 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
19 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
20 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
21 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
23 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
24 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
25 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
26 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
27 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
28 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling  
30 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
31 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
32 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
33 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
34 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
35 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
36 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
37 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:10
38 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
39 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
40 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
41 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
42 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia  
43 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
44 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
45 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
46 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
47 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:17
48 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
49 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida  
50 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
51 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard  
52 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:00:21
53 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
54 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
55 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
56 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
57 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
58 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
59 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha  
60 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida  

General Classification

1 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 15:18:51
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:17
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:26
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:31
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:34
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
7 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:36
8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:37
9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:39
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
11 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
12 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:45
13 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:46
14 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:52
15 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
16 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:55
17 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:00
18 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:15
19 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:18
20 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:23
22 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
23 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:25
24 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:34
25 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:37
26 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:39
27 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:41
28 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
29 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:49
30 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:52

Race Route for 2013

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Giro 2013 Route © Gazetta dello Sport


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