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Results & Comments: Stage 4 Giro’16

At Praia a Mare, Ulissi takes this year’s first stage in Italian territory

Praia a Mare, 10 May 2016 – The Italian rider Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida) won Stage 4 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, Catanzaro – Praia a Mare (200km). Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) and Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) finished second and third.

Thanks to his second place, Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) is race leader once more, and takes the Maglia Rosa.

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FINAL RESULT
1 – Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida) – 200km in 4h46’51”, average speed 41.833km/h
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) at 5″
3 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.

JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Damiano Cunego (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) at 20″
3 – Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida) s.t.

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Stage winner Diego Ulissi said: “I’m extremely happy. My victory comes after enormous team work. Valerio Conti managed to create the small group and I rode away knowing that, on the final descent, the peloton of chasers would go even faster than me. I gave it everything I had. It’s a huge emotion”.

Seconds after the stage finish, the new race leader Tom Dumoulin said: “It’s great to get the Maglia Rosa back. That’s what we were working for today. We sent Georg Preidler into the last breakaway. It would have been perfect if he had taken the race lead but it wasn’t to be. At the last gasp, I tried for the stage win but Ulissi was just too strong”.

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TOMORROW’S STAGE
Stage 5 – PRAIA A MARE – BENEVENTO – 233 km

This very long stage (233km) winds its way mostly on fast-flow roads. The first part runs entirely uphill (with milder or harsher gradients), with constant undulations further on, up to 30km remaining to the finish. The final part leading into Benevento runs slightly downhill, until it reaches the city for the last section.

Final kms
The final kilometres run entirely within the city. The first part rolls on wide and straight avenues, climbing at first, and then descending. The second part runs on more narrow and curvy inner streets, with a sharp turn 1,200m before the finish. The home stretch is 200m long and slightly uphill, on a 7m wide porphyry-paved road.

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