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Polanc wins on Mount Etna as Jungels takes maglia rosa

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Jan Polanc

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) took a highly deserved victory atop Mount Etna on stage 4 of the Giro.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) rolled across the line in second spot, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) outsprinted Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at the line to finish third.

Polanc, whose only other Giro win was a mountain stage in 2015, was part of a leading quartet that broke away early on and he gradually outmuscled his rivals.

The chasing riders later ate into his shrinking lead, which was below two minutes with less than 7 kilometers to run, but he held on for victory.

Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors) took over as overall race leader, six seconds ahead of Thomas. Orica’s Adam Yates is third. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali is fourth.

“I am elated and so happy” said the 25-year old UAE Team Emirates’ rider. “Today’s stage was very demanding and the climb was challenging, especially after having been in the front of the peloton for most of the stage. Towards the end I was exhausted however was determined to give it everything I had. I would like to thank the team, management and sponsors for their unwavering support. I underwent altitude training on Mount Etna back in March and April and it feels nice to be back here with a victory. I will proudly wear the Maglia Azzura and hope I can retain it for the remainder of the Giro. After 2015, to repeat the victory on the first mountain stage, it’s incredible for me – I’m really happy.”


Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 4 results (Cefalù – Etna):

1Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

4:55:58

2Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+19”

3Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

+29”

4Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

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5Dario Cataldo (Astana)

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6Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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7Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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9Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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10Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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11Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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12Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)

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13Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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14Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)

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15Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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16Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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17Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)

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18Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

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19Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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20Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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General classification after stage 4:

1Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

19:41:56

2Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

+06”

3Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+10”

4Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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5Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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6Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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7Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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8Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

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10Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

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11Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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12Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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13Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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14Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+14”

15Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+23”

16Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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17Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+46”

18Tanel Kangert (Astana)

+54”

19Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+58”

20Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’14”