Today the riders face a 170km jaunt from Aquappesa Marina to Vibo Valentia. The race is pan flat for the first 120km; then the riders must tackle the 16km climb of the Cresta di Zungri. That is followed by a flat section of 4km and a 10km descent. Then there is another uncategorized, 13km climb.
The stage ends with a 7km downhill roll into Vibo Valentia. There should be enough climbing to once again thwart Cipollini's chase of Binda's record, as the climbs should once again see lots of attacks.
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo) has abandoned the Giro after his fall towards the end of yesterday's stage. A sad day for the Belgians!
The climbs aren't that steep, so this race could go in any direction. It should see an exciting finish.
There is a breakaway of four riders. Panaria is leading the chase in the peloton at 2' 35" back.
The breakaway includes Julian Martinez (Kelme) and Ellio Aggiano (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave). The four riders are working well together on a clear and beautiful day.
6:39 am PDT - 58 km left. Martin Hvastija (Tenax) is also in this group that escaped at the 1km point. The sprinters' teams have taken up the chase in earnest, so the gap has now fallen down to 1' 10". So the sprinters seem to think this is a day for them. We'll see.
Stefano Garzelli (Caldirola-Sidermec) looks happy today. He looked even happier yesterday winning the stage. Francisco "The Scarecrow" Casagrande (Lampre) has a puncture, and his teammates pace him quickly back to the peloton. The Scarecrow hasn't tried to punch anyone yet this year, but the race is still young....
So the break is caught, and now two new riders attack. Stefan Weigold (Gerolsteiner) and Luca di Angeli (Columbia-Selle Italia) are the riders attacking on the early parts of the climb. Again, it's not that steep and the peloton is not under pressure.
Constantino Gutierrez (Kelme) also has a go, and is joined by a clump of others. They're not that organized, but they've caught the two leaders. The big guns seem disinterested, and the peloton seems to be sort of strolling up the climb.
Mario "SuperFabio" Cipollini looks smashing in his World Champion's ensemble today, having lost the Intergiro jersey yesterday. Cipo is likely glad to be rid of the ugly thing, which is not color coordinated with his shorts like the World Champion's jersey.
Cipo rides near the front, and doesn't look in any difficulty. So perhaps this will be his day. For his part, "Rabid" Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) will likely be foaming at the mouth today trying to get the win he felt was stolen from him on Stage 2.
6:52 am PDT. 42 km left.Pietr Chmielewski (CCC-Polstat) is now in the lead with 8km left until the summit of this categorized climb.
Now he is passed by a Kelme rider, who is joined by Fredy Gonzalez (Selle Italia) in pursuit of King of the Mountain points.
The trio is now settled into a rhythm on a relatively flat section of the climb. Two more riders are latched on to the group now, with the peloton closing down quickly.
6:56 am PDT, 40km left. The group of five winds its way up the 3rd category Cresta di Zungri, which has an average 4% gradient. The leaders are all mountain smurfs, many looking for points in the KOM jersey. It's unlikely they'll be able to hold off the peloton all the way to the finish. Some riders are now being tailed off on the steeper part of the climb.
Cipo is now grousing at the cameras off the back of the peloton. His sleeves are rolled up and the sweat is pouring. He's being paced by a couple of teammates, but things don't look good for the fabulous one.
Cipo is just hanging a few meters from the back of the peloton. He's fighting, and might be able to recover on the downhill. There is a group of about a dozen riders off the front now.
7:02 PDT. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Kelme) has a bit of a gap and is riding solo at the front of the race. He is nearing the top of the climb.
Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) leads the chase group of about eight men in pursuit of Garcia Quesada. Casar now gets a gap and the remaining chasers string out trying to regain his wheel.
7:06 PDT. 36km left. The riders enter the town of Zungri. Garcia Quesada is still in the lead.
Casar has now caught Garcia Quesada. But now Casar gets dropped again! The Kelme rider wants no part of the Frenchman.
Petacchi is in the peloton, which is chasing the leaders. He's still happy with his 17" lead in the overall. Cipollini still struggles just off the back of the peloton.
7:12 PDT. 34km left. Carlos Garcia Quesada wins the maximum KOM points, and he is quickly followed by a small group of chasers. They will likely all come together now on the descent and try to hold off the peloton. Cipo is about 40" behind the peloton. It may be close enough for him to reintegrate with the field on the descent.
Garcia Quesada is bridged by a few riders. They are on the flat, 4km long section before the descent starts. Cipollini is yelling at some of the other riders in his group chasing the peloton, wanting them to help with the chase.
7:24 am PDT. 25 km left. Cipollini has reintegrated with the peloton!! There is another slight incline before the finish, but he has made it through the hard part. But how much gas has it taken from his tank?
There are six riders off the front. The group includes Garcia Quesada. McEwen has a mechanical!! His teammate quickly gives him a new wheel and pushes him off. He should regain the peloton quickly.
Scarponi (Domina Vacanze-Elitron) is in the lead group of six. Will he work with the group, or is he just marking it? Fabio Sacchi (Saeco) launches an attack from the peloton and gets a good gap. He's now in pursuit of the six leaders.
7:32 PDT. 18km left. Sacchi is about to be caught by the peloton. The lead of the six leaders is falling. But there are lots of counterattacks now, and the peloton doesn't look that organized.
Marcel Strauss (Gerolsteiner) drives the breakaway of six riders. Oscar Pozzi (Tenax) now has a gap on the peloton on an uphill incline.
Pozzi's gap is gone now. One of Cipo's wild zebra-men leads the peloton on the charge. Carlos Dacruz (FDJeux.com) and Fortunato Balliani (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave) are in the lead group of six. Volodymyr Bileka (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) is another member of the lead group.
Two of the wild zebra-men are on the front leading the chase in the peloton. The lead of the six breakaways is back up to 30" on the uphill incline. Ignacio Gutierrez (Kelme) drives the lead group of six. There are two Kelmes in that group.
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno), the Papa of the mountain smurfs, looks good and relaxed in the peloton. Could he actually have found some old form? We'll see in the mountains.
7:44 PDT. 10km left. Now Fassa Bortolo has come to the front en masse to help with the chase. The peloton is all strung out, and the hammer is finally and seriously down.
Now on another incline, Freddy Gonzalez (Selle Italia) and a Panaria rider attack from the peloton. Furlan, the Alessio sprinter, has popped and lost contact with the peloton. The Fassa boys are still setting the pace, and look to be doing some damage. Cipo has slipped down to the back of the peloton, but is holding on.
8:00 PDT. 5km left. Cipollini is 25" behind the peloton. Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) is leading the peloton setting the tempo. They must have seen Cipo in difficulty, and put Frigo on the front to finish him off. They are protecting the Pink Jersey well, and look to be setting up Petacchi for another sprint finish. Cipollini still hasn't given up, and is chasing hard with teammates leading the way.
The lead group must have been swept up, as two Lottos and two Kelmes lead the peloton (behind Frigo, that is). There are 3km left to go. The Kelme boys are setting up Isaac Galvez Lopez. McEwen is there at the front as well.
Here comes the sprint finish. Fassa is doing the leadout. The sprint is chaotic! No organization...
McEwen wins it! He just takes Petacchi by a tire!!
First is McEwen, second is Petacchi, and Bernhard Eisel (FDJeux.com) takes third. Wow, that's a great finish for Eisel, a relative unknown.
Petacchi had a clear shot at the line, and led the way right down the middle. McEwen came off his wheel and came around on the left, just jumping enough in the last few meters to nip Petacchi by a few inches. Of all people, "Papa Smurf" Pantani came in 9th in the sprint!
Eisel has some good results this year. He won stage 2 of GP Erik Breukink and stage 5 of Liguria, was 12th in Milan-San Remo, 14th in the Ronde von Vlanderen, and 22nd in Paris Roubaix. This is surely a nice addition to an already strong season.
Stage 4 Results
- Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo)
- Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
- Bernhard Eisel (FDJeux.com)
- Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze-Elitron)
- Magnus Backstedt (Team Fakta)
Watch for full stage results right here shortly. In the meantime, thanks for joining us for the Giro d'Italia live coverage, and see you right here tomorrow for Stage 5!
Stage 4 Results
1 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 4:00:25 /20" - 42,426Km/h
2 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 0:00/12"
3 EISEL Bernhard AUT FDJ 0:00 /8"
4 LOMBARDI Giovanni ITA DVE 0:00
5 BACKSTEDT Magnus SWE FAK 0:00
6 GALVEZ LOPEZ Isaac ESP KEL 0:00
7 GASPARRE Graziano ITA DNC 0:00
8 DUMA Vladimir UKR LAN 0:00
9 PANTANI Marco ITA MER 0:00
10 LUNGHI Denis ITA ALS 0:00
11 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 0:00
12 GONZALEZ MARTINEZ Fredy COL CLM 0:00
13 ARVESEN Kurt Asle NOR FAK 0:00
14 BALDATO Fabio ITA ALS 0:00
15 ZABALLA GUTIEREZ Constan ESP KEL 0:00
16 MORENI Cristian ITA ALS 0:00
17 TRAMPUSCH Gerhard AUT GST 0:00
18 POPOVYCH Yaroslav UKR LAN 0:00
19 CODOL Massimo ITA MER 0:00
20 GARZELLI Stefano ITA VIN 0:00
21 GONZALEZ JIMENEZ Aitor ESP FAS 0:00
22 HAMBURGER Bo DEN FPF 0:00
23 BARANOWSKI Dariusz POL CCC 0:00
24 CONTE Biagio ITA FPF 0:00
25 RUMSAS Raimondas LTU LAM 0:00
26 KOHUT Seweryn POL CCC 0:00
27 LAVERDE JIMENEZ Luis F. COL FPF 0:00
28 MESA MESA Hector O. COL FPF 0:00
29 BENNATI Daniele ITA DVE 0:00
30 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 0:00
31 NOE' Andrea ITA ALS 0:00
32 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 0:00
33 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 0:00
34 CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA LAM 0:00
35 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 0:00
36 FIGUERAS Giuliano ITA PAN 0:00
37 MIHOLIEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS 0:00
38 FRIGO Dario ITA FAS 0:00
39 VILA ERRANDONEA Franc ESP LAM 0:00
40 MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA VIN 0:00
41 MAZZANTI Luca ITA PAN 0:00
42 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 0:00
43 GARCIA QUESADA Carlos ESP KEL 0:00
44 HONCHAR Serhiy UKR DNC 0:00
45 CIONI Dario David ITA FAS 0:00
46 GARCIA QUESADA Adolfo ESP KEL 0:00
47 ZANETTI Mauro ITA TEN 0:00
48 MASON Oscar ITA VIN 0:00
49 ADYEYEV Sergiy UKR LAN 0:00
50 ROMANIK Radoslaw POL CCC 0:00
51 CASTELBLANCO Joaquim COL CLM 0:00
52 BERTOLETTI Simone ITA LAM 0:00
53 SABALIAUSKAS Marius LTU SAE 0:00
54 CARRARA Matteo ITA DNC 0:00
55 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 0:00
56 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 0:00
57 STREMERSCH Tom BEL LAN 0:00
58 DAVIS Scott AUS PAN 0:00
59 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 0:00
60 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS 0:00
61 CUNEGO Damiano ITA SAE 0:00
62 MANZONI Mario ITA MER 0:00
63 VELO Marco ITA FAS 0:00
64 NOCENTINI Rinaldo ITA FPF 0:00
65 MASSI Rodolfo ITA CLM 0:00
66 TONKOV Pavel RUS CCC 0:00
67 GUTIERREZ CATALUNA Ignacio ESP KEL 0:00
68 RODRIGUEZ Alexis ESP KEL 0:00
69 BARBERO Sergio ITA LAM 0:00
70 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI VIN 0:00
71 MUNOZ Hernan D. COL CLM 0:00
72 FARESIN Gianni ITA GST 0:00
73 PETERSEN Jorgen Bo DEN FAK 0:00
74 CHMIELEWSKI Piotr POL CCC 0:00
75 BELLI Wladimir ITA LAM 0:00
76 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA VIN 0:00
77 WEGELIUS Charles GBR DNC 0:00
78 BROZYNA Thomas POL CCC 0:00
79 FRATTINI Cristiano ITA TEN 0:00
80 BALIANI Fortunato ITA FPF 0:00
81 PEREZ CUAPIO Julio A. MEX PAN 0:00
82 KIRCHEN Kim LUX FAS 0:00
83 SPEZIALETTI Alessandro ITA SAE 0:00
84 SZMYD Sylvester POL MER 0:00
85 SCHOLZ Ronny GER GST 0:00
86 GASPERONI Cristian ITA MER 0:00
87 POZZI Oscar ITA TEN 0:00
88 CONTI Roberto ITA MER 0:00
89 CLAVERO Daniel ESP MER 0:00
90 LANFRANCHI Paolo ITA PAN 0:00
91 SCARPONI Michele ITA DVE 0:00
92 CHEULA Gian Paolo ITA VIN 0:00
93 TONTI Andrea ITA SAE 0:00
94 TIRALONGO Paolo ITA PAN 0:00
95 DACRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 1:10
96 DEREPAS David FRA FDJ 1:10
97 PALUMBO Giuseppe ITA DNC 1:10
98 GEROSA Mauro ITA VIN 1:10
99 SUNDERLAND Scott AUS FAK 1:10
100 CIPOLLINI Mario ITA DVE 1:10
101 ONGARATO Alberto ITA DVE 1:10
102 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 1:20
103 ZANOTTI Leonardo ITA DNC 1:25
104 MURAGLIA Giuseppe ITA FPF 1:30
105 COLOMBO Gabriele ITA DVE 1:30
106 ILLIANO Raffaele ITA CLM 1:43
107 SCIREA Mario ITA DVE 3:40
108 GRYSCHENKO Ruslan UKR LAN 3:41
109 BAK Lars Ytting DEN FAK 4:20
110 WEIGOLD Steffen GER GST 5:06
111 STRAUSS Marcel SUI GST 5:06
112 PIETROPOLLI Daniele ITA TEN 5:06
113 WIGGINS Bradley GBR FDJ 6:08
114 QUINZIATO Manuel ITA LAM 6:53
115 SVORADA Jan CZE LAM 6:53
116 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 6:53
117 BILEKA Volodimir UKR LAN 6:53
118 GOBBI Michele ITA DNC 7:27
119 VERSTREPEN Johan BEL LAN 11:00
120 LELEKIN Sergei RUS TEN 11:00
121 CONTRINI Daniele ITA GST 11:02
122 MARINI Mirko ITA TEN 11:02
123 AGGIANO Elio ITA FPF 11:02 /6"
124 GIORDANI Leonardo ITA DNC 11:25
125 NAUDUSZ Andris LAT CCC 11:25
126 HARDTER Uwe GER GST 11:25
127 AUG Andrus EST DNC 11:25
128 PRZYDZIAL Piotr POL CCC 11:25
129 KHALILOV Mykhaylo UKR CLM 11:25
130 VAN IMPE Kevin BEL LOT 11:25
131 VERBRUGGHE Ief BEL LOT 11:25
132 GARCIA John Freddy COL CLM 11:25
133 SCAMARDELLA Salvatore ITA LAN 11:25
134 GUESDON Frederic FRA FDJ 11:25
135 RIERA VALLS Jordi ESP KEL 11:25
136 MARIN Ruber Alverio COL CLM 11:25
137 LHUILLIER Regis FRA FDJ 11:25
138 STEEGMANS Gert BEL LOT 11:25
139 WINN Juilian GBR FAK 11:25
140 FONTANELLI Fabiano ITA MER 11:25
141 BROWN Graeme Allen AUS PAN 11:25
142 APOLLONIO Massimo ITA VIN 11:29
143 MARICHAL Thierry BEL LOT 11:29
144 PIERI Dario ITA SAE 11:29
145 BALDUCCI Gabriele ITA VIN 13:14
146 RIEBENBAUER Werner AUT FAK 13:14
147 VIERHOUTEN Aart NED LOT 13:14
148 HOJ Frank DEN FAK 13:14
149 JOERGENSEN Rene' DEN FAK 13:14
150 FORSTER Robert GER GST 13:14
151 SECCHIARI Francesco ITA DVE 16:21
152 TOSATTO Matteo ITA FAS 16:21
153 LANCASTER Brett AUS PAN 16:21
154 DE ANGELI Luca ITA CLM 16:21
155 GATES Nick AUS LOT 16:21
156 BERNUCCI Lorenzo ITA LAN 16:21
157 DI BIASE Moreno ITA FPF 16:21
158 MONDINI Gianpaolo ITA DVE 16:21
159 RAVAIOLI Ivan ITA MER 16:21
160 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 16:21
161 TONETTI Gianluca ITA TEN 16:21
162 TRENTI Guido USA FAS 16:21
163 BONDARIEW Bogdan UKR CCC 16:21
164 D'AMORE Crescenzo ITA TEN 16:21
165 BONGIORNO Guillermo ARG PAN 16:21
166 HVASTIJA Martin SLO TEN 16:21 /2"
167 USANO MARTINEZ Julian ESP KEL 20:29 /4"
General Classification after Stage 4
1 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 17:37:21
2 GARZELLI Stefano ITA VIN 0:29
3 CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA LAM 0:39
4 GASPARRE Graziano ITA DNC 0:44
5 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 0:44
6 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 0:44
7 LUNGHI Denis ITA ALS 0:51
8 HAMBURGER Bo DEN FPF 0:51
9 NOE' Andrea ITA ALS 0:51
10 GONZALEZ JIMENEZ Aitor ESP FAS 0:51
11 SABALIAUSKAS Marius LTU SAE 0:51
12 LANFRANCHI Paolo ITA PAN 0:51
13 SCARPONI Michele ITA DVE 0:51
14 FIGUERAS Giuliano ITA PAN 0:55
15 ARVESEN Kurt Asle NOR FAK 0:56
16 PANTANI Marco ITA MER 0:56
17 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 0:56
18 VELO Marco ITA FAS 0:56
19 MAZZANTI Luca ITA PAN 0:56
20 BELLI Wladimir ITA LAM 0:56
21 MASON Oscar ITA VIN 0:56
22 FRIGO Dario ITA FAS 0:58
23 RUMSAS Raimondas LTU LAM 0:58
24 CODOL Massimo ITA MER 0:58
25 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 0:58
Points Classification after Stage 4 (Maglia Ciclamino)
1 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 81
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 37
3 GARZELLI Stefano ITA VIN 34
4 COLOMBO Gabriele ITA DVE 32
5 CIPOLLINI Mario ITA DVE 28
6 CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA LAM 28
7 EISEL Bernhard AUT FDJ 28
8 BALDATO Fabio ITA ALS 27
9 GASPARRE Graziano ITA DNC 26
10 GALVEZ LOPEZ Isaac ESP KEL 24
11 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 19
12 DUMA Vladimir UKR LAN 18
13 FIGUERAS Giuliano ITA PAN 16
14 DI BIASE Moreno ITA FPF 15
15 NAUDUSZ Andris LAT CCC 14
16 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 14
17 LOMBARDI Giovanni ITA DVE 14
18 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 13
19 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 12
20 BACKSTEDT Magnus SWE FAK 12
KOM after Stage 4 (Maglia Verdi)
1 GONZALEZ MARTINEZ Fredy COL CLM 8
2 GARCIA QUESADA Carlos ESP KEL 3
3 GRYSCHENKO Ruslan UKR LAN 3
4 CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA LAM 2
5 STRAUSS Marcel SUI GST 2
6 GARZELLI Stefano ITA VIN 1
7 TIRALONGO Paolo ITA PAN 1
8 BILEKA Volodimir UKR LAN 1
Intergiro after Stage 4 (Maglia Azzurra)
1 NAUDUSZ Andris LAT CCC 10:24:21 0:00
2 DI BIASE Moreno ITA FPF 10:24:27 0:06
3 AGGIANO Elio ITA FPF 10:24:45 0:24
4 CIPOLLINI Mario ITA DVE 10:24:45 0:24
5 FONTANELLI Fabiano ITA MER 10:24:48 0:27
6 USANO MARTINEZ Julian ESP KEL 10:24:51 0:30
7 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 10:24:51 0:30
8 FORSTER Robert GER GST 10:24:53 0:32
9 HVASTIJA Martin SLO TEN 10:24:57 0:36
10 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 10:24:57 0:36
11 BONGIORNO Guillermo ARG PAN 10:25:01 0:40
12 SVORADA Jan CZE LAM 10:25:01 0:40
13 CONTE Biagio ITA FPF 10:25:01 0:40
14 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 10:25:01 0:40
15 KHALILOV Mykhaylo UKR CLM 10:25:06 0:45
16 PALUMBO Giuseppe ITA DNC 10:25:11 0:50
17 BROWN Graeme Allen AUS PAN 10:25:11 0:50
18 PETERSEN Jorgen Bo DEN FAK 10:25:11 0:50
19 D'AMORE Crescenzo ITA TEN 10:25:15 0:54
20 DACRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 10:25:15 0:54
Teams Classification after Stage 4 (Fast Team)
1 ALESSIO 52:54:22
2 FASSA BORTOLO 0:07
3 LAMPRE 0:12
4 SAECO - MACCHINE PER CAFFE' 0:12
5 CERAMICHE PANARIA - FIORDO 0:17
6 FORMAGGI PINZOLO FIAVE' - CIARROCCHI 0:27
7 DE NARDI - COLPACK 0:31
8 GEROLSTEINER 0:31
9 KELME - COSTA BLANCA 0:36
10 MERCATONE UNO - SCANAVINO 0:56
11 CCC POLSAT 1:14
12 VINI CALDIROLA - SIDERMEC 1:16
13 FDJEUX.COM 1:42
14 LANDBOUWKREDIET - COLNAGO 1:52
15 TENAX 3:00
16 COLOMBIA - SELLE ITALIA 5:43
17 DOMINA VACANZE - ELITRON 6:55
18 TEAM FAKTA 9:43
19 LOTTO - DOMO 21:50