|Friday was a day for stage hunters at Giro della Valle d’Aosta. With Marzano, Sella and all other main contenders waiting for the two final stages, a breakaway group of 11, later reduced to nine riders, could make it to the line. |
Such that winner at the end of Stage 4 (covering 115 km. between Arvier and Montjovet in Italian territory) was a lesser-known rider, Switzerland’s Sasha Urweider, who was the fastest in a small bunch sprint, ahead of 23-year-old Russian Denis Sosnovchenko (a former Colombia-Selle Italia rider, two-stage winner in the past Tour of Senegal) and the best-placed Italian of the day, combative Federico Berta.
A good result also for a Japanese rider, Beppu Fumiyuki, who snatched fourth. Emanuele Sella and Marco Marzano once again finished the stage close to each other, with the former outsprinting the latter for tenth place. No changes in the Overall Standings, as the Pagnoncelli boy is still leading Sella by 01’19”, and Switzerland’s Oliver Zaugg retained third place.
Stage 4 (Arvier-Montjovet, 115 km.) – Top 15 Places:
1. Sasha Urweider (Swi - Valais) - 02h53' (39.846 km/h)
2. Denis Sosnovchenko (Rus - Roeder 1956) - s.t.
3. Federico Berta (Ita - Italfine Podenzano) - s.t.
4. Beppu Fumiyuki (Jpn - VC La Pomme Marseille) - s.t.
5. Stefano Bonini (Ita - GS Bottoli Artoni) - at 10"
6. Ivan Buoso (Ita - Città del Ciclismo) - at 13"
7. Paolo Montanari (Ita - GS Bottoli Artoni) - at 23"
8. Raphael Blanchard (Fra - Vc Annemasse) - at 27"
9. Danilo Colombo (Ita - Italfine Podenzano) - at 01'22"
10. Emanuele Sella (Ita - GS Zalf Desirée Fior) - at 01'33"
11. Marco Marzano (Ita - SC Ceramiche Pagnoncelli) - s.t.
12. Paolo Bailetti (Ita - SC Ceramiche Pagnoncelli) - at 01'42"
13. Oliver Zaugg (Swi - GS Zalf Desirée Fior) - s.t.
14. Alberto Milani (Ita - Città del Ciclismo) - s.t.
15. Micula De Matteis (Ita - GS Bottoli Artoni) - s.t.
GC after Stage 4 - Top 10 Places:
1. Marco Marzano (Ita - SC Ceramiche Pagnoncelli)
2. Emanuele Sella (Ita - GS Zalf Desirée Fior) - at 01'31"
3. Oliver Zaugg (Swi - GS Zalf Desirée Fior) - at 04'49"
4. Alberto Milani (Ita - Città del Ciclismo) - at 05'40"
5. Paolo Bailetti (Ita - SC Ceramiche Pagnoncelli) - at 05'51"
6. Maurizio Varini (Ita - Dellese Feralpi) - at 06'
7. Simone Roveyaz (Ita - Roeder 1956) - at 06'13"
8. Vladimir Efimkim (Rus - Dellese Feralpi) - at 07'
9. Giancarlo Ginestri (Ita - GS Zalf Desirée Fior) - at 07'16"
10. Hubert Dupont (Fra - VC La Pomme Marseille) - at 07'29"