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Giro d’Italia 2022: preview, stage 4 – The arrival in the mountains on Etna leads to the fight for the pink jersey of the favorites

After three days’ departure in Hungary, the group flew to Sicily, where the first day of rest was spent on Monday.

The first really difficult mountain arrival is scheduled for Tuesday.

For the seventh time in the history of the Giro d’Italia, he goes to the Etna volcano – where the Giro has been a regular guest in recent years: 2017, 2018 and 2020, but only in 2017 also to the Club Alpino Rifugio Sapienza on the south side. Most recently, Jan Polanc of UAE Team Emirates won there.

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The final climb is officially 22.8km long and has an average gradient of 5.9%, with the steepest ramp up to 14% reached about halfway. The last six kilometers only go up with an average of 5.4% – a mountain of reels.

Zabel: “Enjoy another day in mountain jersey”

The big question from the German point of view is how Rick Zabel will behave. The 28-year-old wears the Maglia Azzurra, the mountain jersey. However, he was not completely satisfied after the 3rd stage.

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“Of course I’m happy to have the mountain jersey. But my main task is to help Giacomo Nizzolo in the sprints. That’s why I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to get him into position at the end,” explained Zabel. “On Tuesday we go up to Mount Etna so I will enjoy another day in mountain jersey”.

Before climbing to the 1st category mountain arrival, the stage is not particularly difficult: after the departure in the coastal town of Avola, it is initially mountainous, but then there is a flat stretch of almost 50 kilometers in the central part of the road north of the volcano.

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