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100 Giro d'Italia (2017) Stage 4 Report & Video
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/9/2017
100 Giro d'Italia (2017) Stage 4 Report & Video
 
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May 10, 2017

All change atop Mount Etna as Slovenia’s Jan Polanc claims a solo win. Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels moved into the lead ahead of British riders Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates.

For only the seventh time in Giro history has there been four different maglia rosa in the first four stages: Lukas Pöstlberger, André Greipel, Fernando Gaviria and Bob Jungels. The last time it happend was in 1958 which saw that saw six different leaders in as many stages: Vannitsen, Baldini, Pambianco, Aldo Moser, Botella, Pettinati.

Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) attacked with Eugenio Alafaci (Trek-Segafredo), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) and Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) early in the stage. hard riding saw Polanc and Rensberg still in contention at the foot of Etna. Rensberg was exhausted by his breakaway effoerts and Polanc was left on his own to tackle the arid slopes of the volcano.

Back in the peloton the favourites were holding back on efforts. Vicenzo Nibali attempted a sortie but was reeled in before Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) saw his moment. With a four minute advantage at the foot of the climb Polanc was in a solid position and it proved enough with the Slovenian enjoying a full nineteen seconds on the line over the chasing Russian. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) led in the pack at 29 seconds. Bob Jungels (Quick-step Floors) was rewarded for consisitency over the opening stages with the race lead.

FINAL RESULT
1 - Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) - 181km in 4h55’58”, average speed 36.693km/h
2 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 19"
3 - Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 29"

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 - Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 6"
3 - Adam Yates (Orica - Scott) at 10"

Gavira celebrates wins Stage 3 Giro 2017

Polanc wins Stage 4: Photo Giro D'Italia

Speaking at the post-race press conference,Jan Polanc said: “We were only four riders in the breakaway. Two of them were already at the limit, so at the bottom of the climb, it was not difficult to drop them off. It was more difficult to maintain the difference with the bunch. I had to push as much as I could in the last few hundred meters. I knew the top favourites were chasing hard. I was thinking of this stage when we were here for a training camp with the team, so I went away knowing that if we were to be caught, I’be up there for my captain. It was a more difficult to win here today than on the Abetone two years ago because the climb to the Etna is steeper and there was much more wind.”

Gavira celebrates wins Stage 3 Giro 2017

Polanc attacks Stage 4: Photo Giro D'Italia

The new Maglia Rosa, Bob Jungels, said: “Two days ago our move in the crosswinds was an intention but not a plan. This morning also, I knew there was a possibility to gain the Maglia Rosa. I had to stay in the wheels because there was a lot of headwind. An 18km climb is always a bit of a gamble. I struggled a lot to get in the first part of the group, but I managed to stay calm and follow my goal. I didn’t have too many things in mind until I heard [sport director] Davide Bramati screaming in the radio ‘go for pink’. I’m super happy that I can sit here. The colour of my jersey has changed but I still see this Giro as a milestone for my career. I’m hungry but also realistic. At the Blockhaus, Nairo [Quintana] and other skinnier guys than me might have an advantage.”

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors); the jersey will be worn tomorrow by Adam Yates (Orica - Scott)

Video Highlight (Italian Commentary)

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Daniel Teklehaimanot (Team Dimension Data)

  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), will be worn on the next stage by Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)

Stage 5 Preview

Stage 5 – Pedara-Messina 159km - total elevation 1,100m
The Giro spends its second and last day on Sicily with a half-wavy, half-flat, stage, with a closing circuit up the east coast. The first 40km are fairly complex, as the route passes through several urban areas, with the main obstacles being roundabouts, traffic dividers, pedestrian islands, setts paving and speed bumps. Then comes an uphill stretch (Fornazzo KOM summit), followed by a fast-running and technical descent. The roadway narrows at points in Castiglione di Sicilia. Next, the route climbs up Taormina and descends to the feed zone along partly narrowed roads. Here the roadway becomes wider and mostly straight, leading to the final circuit.

Giro 2017 Stage 4 profile

Stage 5 profile: PHOTO CREDIT: LaPresse - D'Alberto / Ferrari

 

100th Giro Race Route

Stage 4 Results and GC




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