The German cyclist Lennard Kamna (Bora – Hansgrohe) won, this Tuesday, the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Italia, the Giro, the Spaniard Juan Pedro López (Trek – Segafredo) being second and taking the lead in the general classification, taking the pink jersey of Dutchman Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix).
On the 172 kilometer section between Avola and Etna-Nicolosi, in southern Italy, on the first major mountain stage of the Giro, Kamna beat López in the double-armed finish, cutting the finish line after 04:32:11. Rein Taaramae (Intermarche – Wanty) closes the stage podium at 34 seconds.
Portugal’s João Almeida finished tenth in the stage, two minutes and 37 seconds behind Kamna and Juan Pedro López, moving up three positions in the overall standings from 11th to eighth. The UAE Team Emirates driver is two minutes behind Juan Pedro López, with the same time as seventh overall, Spaniard Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious).
THE TOP-10 OF THE GENERAL (AFTER THE 4TH STAGE):
1st: Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek – Segafredo), 2:17:07 p.m.
2nd: Lennard Kamna (Bora – Hansgrohe), + 39 seconds
3rd: Rein Taaramae (Intermarché – Wanty), + 58 seconds
4.º: Simon Yates (Team Bikeexchange – Jayco), + 01m42s
5.º: Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), + 01m47s
6.º: Wilco Kelderman (Bora – Hansgrohe), + 01m55s
7th: Pello Bilbao López (Bahrain Victorious), + 02m00s
8th: João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), + 02m00s
9.º: Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers), + 02m04s
10.º: Romain Bardet (Team DSM), +02m06s
Negative day for some candidates and abandonment of Miguel Ángel López
And if several candidates arrived in the group of João Almeida, the day was negative for several strong names. Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) is 30th, four minutes and eight seconds behind Kamna. The Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was 31st at four minutes and 52 seconds, but worse still, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), arrived in 53rd position, nine minutes and ten seconds from the winner.
As for the other Portuguese, Rui Costa (UAE – Emirates) ranked 57th in the stage (+10m47s).
The day was marked by the abandonment of Colombian cyclist Miguel Ángel López (Astana), one of the figures of the peloton, candidate for the final victory and third place in the 2018 edition of the Giro.
“Unfortunately, Miguel Ángel López was forced to retire shortly after the start of the fourth stage. In recent days he suffered from an injury to the left side of his hip,” Astana reported on the team’s official account on the social network Twitter, after the Giro organization also reported the abandonment of the Colombian.
The fifth stage on Wednesday
The fifth stage, on Wednesday, connects Catania to Messina, covering a distance of 174 kilometers, with only a second-order mountain count at kilometer 75.3 (Portella Mandrazzi). There is a flying meta at mile 55.7 and another at mile 136.7, in a mostly flat stretch.