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GIRO’22 Stage 4: Kämna Conquers Etna!

Giro Stage 4 Race Report: The volcanic slopes of Etna noticed the 2022 Giro d’Italia turned up-side down. Lennard Kämna received the stage and Juan Pedro López took the pink jersey. Behind them the highest GC favourites completed collectively, however Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin had been dropped and Miguel Ángel López deserted.

Stage 4 final Okay

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Kämna received the very best of Juan Pedro López on the end

Lennard Kämna received the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia. On the Etna volcano, the German climber of BORA-hansgrohe crossed the road in entrance of Juan Pedro López, with whom he was a part of the lengthy breakaway. The Trek-Segafredo Spaniard took the pink jersey after the primary critical mountain stage.

The beginning in Avola – Etna waits

The Route:
A stage via inland Sicily with a summit end. The stage begins in Avola, passing Noto (the capital of Sicilian Baroque), Pantalica and Vizzini. On the strategy to the volcano, the route undulates constantly, although with no main climbs. Exterior the city areas, the street floor could also be broken at factors. Inside the city areas, the roads are often slim, with the frequent obstacles present in these settings.


The stage finishes by the Rifugio Sapienza, because it has beforehand, however the closing ascent is new. The climb begins in Biancavilla and intersects the Strada Milia (as within the 2018 Giro). Previous the Astrophysical Observatory, the route merges onto the street coming from Nicolosi, heading for a ‘conventional’ finale on the Rifugio Sapienza.


Ultimate kilometres
The final 3 km are on extensive and well-paved street. The street winds its manner alongside extensive hairpins, totally on lava fields. There’s a gentle counter-slope with 500m to go, earlier than the ultimate u-turn (250m earlier than the end). Right here, the street goes up once more alongside the house stretch (200m at 3%), resulting in the end line.

Sunny, however not too scorching in Sicily for stage 4

The battle for the break of the day broke out early, however they needed to battle critically for it. After the primary kilometres there was a crash involving Simon Yates. Everybody was capable of proceed. There was one other crash within the first hour when a moto fell over within the bunch. In the meantime, the assault makes an attempt continued, with Van der Poel and Biniam Girmay becoming a member of in.

The Sicilian followers had been out to greet the Giro

A number one group of fourteen males was created: Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix), Valerio Conti (Astana), Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe), Rémy Rochas & Davide Villella (Cofidis), Diego Andrés Camargo (EF-EasyPost), Erik Fetter (EOLO-Kometa), Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Alexander Cataford (Israel-Premier Tech), Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Mauri Vansevenant (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo).

The Cathedral of Noto

The 2022 Giro d’Italia was over for Miguel Ángel López

These fourteen took a most of 11 minutes, the place Bahrain-Victorious and INEOS Grenadiers, the groups of Mikel Landa, Pello Bilbao and Richard Carapaz, set the tempo. Within the main group, Vansevenant was the very best on GC at 43 seconds, placing the younger Belgian within the digital lead on the general. Miguel Ángel López gave up the Giro within the first hour of racing resulting from battling an damage to his left hip.

The break of the day

The main group was allowed to go by the peloton, which saved the distinction at between 7 and eight minutes for a very long time. With 47 kilometres to go, the peloton accelerated as INEOS Grenadiers, Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain Victorious got here ahead. Because of the wind from the east, a number of groups tried to separate the bunch. Nevertheless, the nervousness was short-lived as a result of the massive group didn’t break, however the lead of the break was decreased to 7 minutes.

After a number of makes an attempt Thomas De Gendt didn’t get within the break of the day

At 25 kilometres from the end, simply earlier than the foot of the ultimate climb, Oldani broke away from the main group and shortly gained a 30 second lead. Nevertheless it was nonetheless a protracted, onerous street to the end. He managed to increase his result in 1 minute within the first kilometres of the climb. Van der Poel needed to sit up within the peloton. Whereas he had teammate off the entrance of the race, the Dutchman needed to experience up Etna at his personal tempo and quit the pink jersey.

Hungarian Erik Fetter (EOLO-Kometa) made it into the break on the street to Etna

After the primary 5 kilometres of the climb, Oldani had misplaced a few of his lead over the six strongest chasers; the skilled Kämna, Taaramäe and the younger Leemreize, Moniquet, Vansevenant and López. With 12 kilometres to go, López broke away from the chase group and the Spaniard, eleventh within the Tour of the Basque Nation, crossed to Oldini. Inside 2 kilometres he joined the Italian. This was solely short-lived as López dropped his Italian companion.

There was a little bit of wind in Sicily, however the break nonetheless took 9 minutes

Would Van der Poel lose his pink jersey? He anticipated he would

Behind; the peloton was going too quick for Tom Dumoulin. Whereas INEOS Grenadiers set the tempo, the Dutchman needed to let go. It was clear that the volcano Etna was too onerous for the Giro winner. Dumoulin was designated by his staff for the primary Grand Tour of the season as one of many three leaders together with Sam Oomen and Tobias Foss, however now he must set different targets.

Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix) went solo from the break earlier than Etna

Seven kilometres from the end, Kämna broke away from Moniquet and Vansevenant and the German went after López. Oldani and Leemreize had been going backwards quick, it additionally appeared like Taaramäe was completed, however the Estonian climber fought again and even rode away from Moniquet and Vansevenant. Kämna appeared to have deliberate his climb properly and joined López at 2 kilometres from the highest. The 2 spoke, however there appeared to be no pre-arrangement and so they rode collectively towards the end. There, Kämna seized the stage win and López the pink jersey.

The Sicilian cactus on the foothills of Etna

Then the opposite break riders; Taaramäe, Moniquet, Vansevenant and Leemreize trickled in one after the other. Two and a half minutes after winner Kämna, the favourites group crossed the road, led by Carapaz. There have been no Jumbo-Visma males within the group; Foss and Oomen had been 4:52 down, Dumoulin had misplaced greater than 9 minutes. Vincenzo Nibali, Guillaume Martin, Domenico Pozzovivo, Jan Hirt and Bauke Mollema all misplaced time.

Juan Pedro López caught and handed Oldani

Kämna crossed to López after which out-sprinted him on the line

Stage winner and 2nd total, Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a brilliant onerous day, particularly the final climb. I nearly thought I had misplaced it when Lopez had 30 seconds. Once I reached him, possibly we had a silent settlement about successful the stage and speaking the Maglia Rosa. I’m so pleased to have a stage win within the pocket for the staff. It takes some strain off.”

A really emotional López on the end

Maglia Rosa and 2nd on the stage, Juan Pedro López Perez (Trek-Segafredo): “I’ve labored so onerous right this moment to take the jersey. I attacked within the steepest a part of the climb. Kämna introduced me again with 2 or 3 km to go. I attempted to battle for the victory nevertheless it was so tough. I’m so pleased to have the Maglia Rosa. I don’t know for the way lengthy however I’ll take pleasure in it.”

Carapaz introduced within the different GC favourites

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Giro d’Italia Stage 4 Consequence:
1. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe in 4:32:11
2. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
3. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:34
4. Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:12
5. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
6. Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 2:31
7. Richard Carapaz (European) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:37
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious
10. João Almeida (Por) UAE Staff Emirates.

Giro d’Italia General After Stage 4:
1. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo in 14:17:07
2. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:39
3. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:58
4. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:42
5. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:47
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:55
7. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 2:00
8. João Almeida (Por) UAE Staff Emirates
9. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:04
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 2:06.

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