Giro d'Italia Stage 4: Bardiani Valvole's Enrico Battaglin wins at Serra San Bruno

Nibali has to chase on after puncture, Wiggins loses time, Di Luca on the attack - more vintage stuff from the Giro

by Simon_MacMichael   May 7, 2013  

Giro 2013 Stage 4

Enrico Battaglin of the Italian Professional Continental team Bardiani Valvole has won Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia at Serra San Bruno, beating Fabio Felline of Androni Giocattoli into second place and Movistar's Giovanni Visconti who finished third after a tough finale to the stage, played out in driving rain.

Katusha's Luca Paolini keeps the maglia rosa, but Team Sky's Bradley WIggins lost 19 seconds to him in the finale, and now lies 38 seconds down on the Italian.

Danilo Di Luca of Vini Fantini-Selle d'Italia, winner of the 2007 Giro d'Italia but stripped of his second place in 2009 for doping, had looked a strong contender  for the win after attacking with Colombia rider Robinson Chalapud on the final climb of the Croce Ferrata.

The pair overhauled the lone rider in front of them, AG2R's Sylvain Georges, the last man left from the day's break and of the two, Di Luca looked stronger, but not strong enough to prevent being swept up with half a kilometre left.

Today’s stage was long, at 246km, and it packed a punch in the finale with that tough last climb of the Croce Ferrata, whose summit came 6.7km in the rain.

The race had exploded before the riders tackled that ascent, however, with Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali, together with Bradley Wiggins the pre-race favourite, having to chase back on after a puncture just after the top of the penultimate climb.

With his team car not available, the Sicilian had to change wheels with team mate Valerio Agnoli, and then put in a typically expert descent from Vibo Valentia, which had been crested 40km out, to rejoin the GC group.

 

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I think that was 19 seconds lost to ridding sensibly down wet wet decents. Loose a few seconds to getting down safely or go for it and possibly crash.

Come TT day, it'll be a different story.

posted by boardmanrider [49 posts]
7th May 2013 - 16:14

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The seconds were lost in the final run to the finish. Seemed strange and the TTT advantage is gone.

posted by othello [241 posts]
7th May 2013 - 16:15

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I was surprised to hear that Brad dropped time. But given the wet conditions I think there were a few riders who held back on the final twists and turns of a wet technical finish. Unfortunately a natural break can occur which the trailing riders are not aware of.

Well done to the lad that won. A tough finish to a technical race.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [688 posts]
7th May 2013 - 16:32

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Cyclingnews is reporting that he was caught behind a crash and may have his time adjusted.

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posted by fourstringsisplenty [56 posts]
7th May 2013 - 16:49

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Haven't seen today's stage yet but after yesterday's descent and how many riders fell or at least went off road on a dry descent caution may have been a sensible option. Just have to wait and see. Thinking

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posted by bikeandy61 [347 posts]
7th May 2013 - 17:48

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Eurosport is saying that the commissars only awarded the same time to the three riders that crashed which seems bizarre given that they reportedly held up the peloton. Hopefully the full info will be released as the story is developed:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/giro-ditalia-victory-battaglin-wiggin...

posted by Colin Peyresourde [688 posts]
7th May 2013 - 19:13

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if the result gets officially adjusted, we'll update the game of course

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posted by Dave Atkinson [6621 posts]
7th May 2013 - 19:27

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it is surprising though that Wiggins was left trailing on his own with his helpers Henao and Uran finishing ahead of him. None of the other main contenders finished without a team mate in tow. Lack of concentration maybe?

posted by Metjas [138 posts]
7th May 2013 - 20:16

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I'm still being driven mad by the poor commentary tbh.

posted by Super Domestique [1370 posts]
8th May 2013 - 12:56

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