Richard Carapaz avoids massive crash to claim stage 4 in Giro d’Italia


Richard Carapaz (Movistar) powered to victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, while Primoz Roglic extended his overall lead after avoiding a crash toward the end of the route.

Carapaz launched his sprint early and held off Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) on the uphill finish at the end of the undulating 235-kilometer route from Orbetello to Frascati.

Roglic was the only major favorite to avoid a crash which split the peloton inside the final six kilometers and he finished two seconds behind Carapaz.

”I didn’t expect to win today,” Carapaz said. ”Our plan was just to protect Mikel Landa to not lose time but a crash at the end changed everything. I was up against sprinters for the stage win so I had to anticipate their action. The moment I chose to attack was perfect.”

Simon Yates and home favorite Vincenzo Nibali were caught up and finished 16 seconds behind Roglic. The Jumbo-Visma cyclist has worn the leader’s pink jersey since winning the opening time trial on Saturday and extended his lead to 35 seconds ahead of Yates and 39 ahead of Nibali.

”I wanted to gain important seconds,” Roglic said. ”I was in the group that was ahead and I didn’t see the crash. Everyone tried to be among the first group, but instead some remained delayed by the crash. Those are things that happen in cycling. Nibali and Yates are very strong, but there could be other riders who come up suddenly and you don’t expect them, or crashes which shake up the general classification.”

Tom Dumoulin, who finished runner-up to Chris Froome last year, went down in the crash and he eventually crossed the line more than four minutes behind Roglic, with blood pouring down his left leg.

The Dutch cyclist was taken to hospital, where X-rays ruled out a serious injury. But Dumoulin said his chances of a repeat Giro victory are over.

”There are no fractures, which is good but my knee is very swollen,” Dumoulin said. ”I wasn’t able to push any power in the last few kilometers so I don’t know how I will be tomorrow; the GC (general classicifaction) is for sure gone.”

Thursday’s fifth stage is a mainly flat 140-kilometer route from Frascati to Terracina.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 4 results (Orbetello – Frascati):

1Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


2Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)


3Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


4Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Florian Senechal (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


6Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


7Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


8Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


9Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)


10Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


11Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


12Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


13Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


14Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


15Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


16Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


17Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale)


18Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


19Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)


20Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 4:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida)


4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


5Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


8Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida)


9Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


10Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Victor de la Parte (CCC)


12Pello Bilbao (Astana)


13Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


14Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


15Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


16Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


17Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


18Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


19Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


20Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)



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