Colombian climbers dominate on a tough stage four at the Giro d’Italia U23Mon 11 Jun 2018
The Colombian national team dominated the first summit finish of the 2018 Giro d’Italia U23 taking one and two on the stage with Mitchelton-BikeExchange’s new Australian signing Drew Morey the team’s best finisher in 20th.
Another fast start saw a breakaway group go clear early and gain just over six-minutes on the peloton over the first 60kilometres and push on to maintain their lead onto the approach of the final climb, the first category Passo Maniva.
Splintering on the steep slopes the leading group fell apart as attacks by Colombian’s Daniel Munoz and Alejnadro Osorio came from behind with the duo chasing down Italian Massimo Orlandi and pushing on as the rest of bunch closed in.
Osorio took the stage win, crossing the line hand in hand with teammate Munoz and Gino Mader (IAM) in third and the peloton split into small groups across the mountain.
Australian Morey crossed the line first for the Chinese outfit in 20thplace with compatriot Sam Jenner in 28thand Rob Stannard further back in 47th.
Sport director James Victor:
“There’s still a long way to go in this race, but today didn’t pan out how we wanted it to, Rob didn’t have great legs and neither did Sam so they lost some time on the GC, but Drew climbed really well on the last ascent up to the finish and we may be able to give him some freedom over the next stages.
“We’re still in there and it’s a hard race with some really tough days in the mountains and as we’ve seen time and again in stage racing and especially at the Giro, anything can happen and the situation in the standings can change very quickly.
“Tomorrow’s stage is even harder than today’s and it rises straight away from the start and includes two first category climbs with a tough summit finish at Dimaro Folgarida. It’s going to be an interesting day and we will be looking to regroup and try to get some time back.”
Giro d’Italia U23 stage four results:
1. Alejandro Osorio (Colombia) 03:13:21
2. Daniel Munoz (Colombia) ST
3. Gino Mader (IAM-Cycling-Development) +0:05
20. Drew Morey (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:56
General classification after stage four:
1. Alejandro Osorio (Colombia) 13:45:14
2. Markus Wildauer (Tyrol-Cycling0Team)ST
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) +0:16
25. Sam Jenner (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +1:52
Photos courtesy of the Giro d'Italia U23.