Giro d’Italia live in the ticker – 4th stage up to Etna: first showdown with Rosa while dancing on the volcano

After three days in Hungary, the Giro d’Italia returns to its homeland. And this year’s first stop on Italian soil has it all. The fourth section begins in Avola and ends at Etna. It is the first difficult mountain arrival this year.

Thus, on the fourth day, the favorites for the general classification compete against each other. You can’t win the Giro today, but if you have sick legs, you can definitely lose it.

After the start in Hungary, Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) leads the overall standings ahead of Briton Simon Yates (+0: 11) and compatriot Tom Dumoulin (+0: 16), winner of the 2017 Giro. The best German is Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) in 45th place (+1: 08).


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Who has the best legs on Etna? The 4th stop here in the live ticker:

Giro d’Italia live on the ticker: 4th stage from Avola to Etna


14:49 – Live lap – 79 kilometers to go

There are still 79 kilometers to go to the leading group. The outliers are currently on the one section that is longer and flatter. But even here there is always a bit of ups and downs. The advantage over the group is about 7:35 minutes.

14:40 – Virtual Vansevenant in Pink

The best placed driver of the leading group of all is Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). The Belgian is 20th, 43 seconds behind Van der Poel. So Vansevenant is currently wearing the pink jersey. Second in the group was the Italian Valerio Conti (+0: 47). Lennard Kämna is 1:55 minutes behind van der Poel in the overall standings.

14:30 – Outliers harmonize

The leading group with Lennard Kämna continues to work well together. But there are still 92 kilometers to go. In the end, however, the harmony will soon end. Your lead is currently 7:55 minutes.

14:22 – 103 km – Accident in the group

The group gained ground and reduced the gap to the fugitives by two minutes. Meanwhile, there is a fall at the end of the field. Luca Rastelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) falls and causes some chaos. But the Italian immediately returned to the saddle.

14:10 – Live tour – fight for the mountain jersey

Of course, today’s final on Etna is not just about the pink jersey, but obviously also the blue mountain jersey. This is currently still on the shoulders of Rick Zabel, who secured the jersey in the Budapest individual time trial with the best time on the castle climb and successfully defended it in the 3rd stage. Pascal Eekhoff has achieved it in terms of points (both 5 points), but as the German is better classified in the general classification, today he is allowed to roll in blue towards Etna. However, the adventure in blue will also end here. As is known, Zabel is not a climber and therefore will be left behind on Etna. Today’s winner should be the new wearer of the mountain jersey. On Etna 40 mountain points are awarded.

Rick Zabel in the blue jersey of leader of the mountain classification at the Giro d’Italia

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14:00 – Bahrain Victorious and Ineos lead the pack

The Ineos team continues to work in the group. They also have one of the favorites for the pink jersey in Richard Carapaz. The British team receives support from the Bahrain Victorious. The boys in red and orange drive for Mikel Landa.

13:52 – Live lap – two sprint rankings

Today, of course, everything is concentrated on the arrival of Etna in the mountains. But first, there are still two sprint classifications on the program: in Paternò 33.3 kilometers from the finish and in Biancavilla 23.4 kilometers from the finish. The final climb begins immediately afterwards.

13:43 – 129 km – Ten minutes ahead

The group again gave the leading group a greater advantage. Kämna and Co. are now about 10:20 minutes ahead of the group.

13:31 Uhr – Miguel Ángel López gibt auf!

Serious setback for the Astana Qazaqstan team around Vincenzo Nibali: Miguel Ángel López must give up the stage and with it the Giro. As announced by the team, the Colombian has suffered a left hip injury in recent days. More information will follow.

13:30 – 138 km – Kluge on the pitch

Ineos is currently leading the field, followed by Lotto Soudal. Also present was Roger Kluge, previously involved in a motorcycle accident. Apparently he survived the accident unscathed. The scene in the video:

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13:21 – Escape more than 8:30 minutes early

The first 30 kilometers have been completed. There are still 142 kilometers to go. The leading group now have more than 8:30 minutes of advantage on the field.

13:11 – Live tour – it’s Calmejane’s turn

Calmejane appeared to have given up on her run to recover. But now he is the turn of the French. The leading group now includes 14 drivers. The escapees of the day are: Stefano Oldano (Alpecin-Fenix), Valerio Conti (Astana Qazaqstan), Lennard Kämna (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 Kämna expands

The leading group around Kämna has now significantly increased its lead. The group seems satisfied with the composition and therefore has now cleared. The advantage of the fugitives is already over four minutes. Behind them Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën Team) chases the group. She’s only ten seconds away, can she still catch up?

13:00 – Van der Poel has resumed

Mathieu van der Poel was again captured by the group. The main group around Lennard Kämna still exists. But their advantage is not yet great.

12:57 – Ticker Giro – Van der Poel attacked!

Now the man in pink attacks. Mathieu van der Poel tries to fill the group on the run. The Dutchman is a strong and versatile cyclist, but not a climbing goat. If he wants to defend the pink jersey today, then he must start the final climb with an advantage over Simon Yates and his teammates. A clever move by the 27-year-old.

12:53 – Kämna in the lead

The riders are now out of Avola and tackling the first climb of the day. However, this is not classified. The next pilots blow the attack. Still participating: Thomas De Gendt. But Lennard Kämna also breaks away and leaps into the runaway group.

12:45 – Live tour – Reached the De Gendt group

It was a short pleasure. The group immediately followed him and immediately regained command. All together again.

12:41 – Thomas De Gendt tries

The first attack comes from a big: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) tries to break away from the field, several drivers follow him.

12:40 – Abrupt start!

The abrupt start has happened. Start with a bright sun. The 172-kilometer journey on Etna begins. And immediately there are the first attacks.

INFO – Live tour – Profile of the 4th stage

172 kilometers in Sicily and the difficult arrival in the mountains on Etna in the final await the riders on this fourth day of the stage. Here is the profile of the stage on video:

Route of the Giro – Route and Profile of the 4th Stage: Dance on the Etna Volcano

Giro d’Italia live in the ticker: Welcome!

Good morning from Sicily on the live ticker of the 4th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Today’s section brings the group from Avola to Etna. A total of 172 kilometers have to be completed. Jonas Klinke accompanies the stage here for you in the ticker. Have a good time!

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