Stage 4 saw the peloton met with a surprise route as the course had to be changed last minute to avoid a landslide. The distance remained the same, however, they reached a climb in the first three kilometers of the stage rather than later in the day. “The average speed of today was very fast and the group split a lot of times,” said Director Manel Lacambra, “but we were always in front.” The relatively flat finish excited the teams looking for a sprint victory which kept every chance of a real breakaway from ever materializing. “Coming into the final sprint,” added Manel, “Sheyla did very good fighting alone against the best lead-out trains from other teams and the best sprinters of the Giro.” Here is Sheyla’s report from the stage:
I am still feeling the effects from my crash on stage three, but I'll keep fighting! About today... it was a really speedy day starting in a climb and then continuing with the thousands crazy attacks ‘til the final and we were there into the battle.
I love being in the sprint fight, profiting off other team's lead-out’s. With each sprint opportunity I learn how be better in the next one.
Stage 5 is certain to shake up the general classification and allow the true contenders for the Pink Jersey to shine as the peloton attempts the race’s Cima Coppi (the highest point in any professional Italian race, names for the Italian climber Fausto Coppi). This year’s Cima Coppi is the Passo di Mortirolo, a high mountain pass in the Alps that reaches an elevation of 1852 meters (6076 feet). The race will take the road from Mazzo di Valtellina, which is one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, having been used in the men’s Giro d'Italia many times. Professional cyclists have been quoted as saying it’s the hardest climb they’ve ever ridden. The trip from Grosio to Tirano will cover 77.5 kilometers in total, but is certain to be a difficult day in the saddle.
Stage 4 Results:
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Stage 4 General Classification:
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