Yates fourth as Mitchelton-SCOTT put three in top ten on stage four of GiroTue 8 May 2018
Britan Simon Yates has finished fourth on a short sharp finish to stage four of the Giro d’Italia to top a strong day out for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Despite starting the final climb further back than he wanted, the result moves Yates into third overall on a day that saw Roman Kreuziger finish sixth and Esteban Chaves tenth.
A deceivingly lumpy route could have made the perfect day out for a breakaway but BMC Racing, with the current leader Rohan Dennis in tow, were insistent on keeping the pink leader’s jersey and kept a breakaway of five riders within striking range.
With 100km to go UAE Team Emirates put in big push and reduced the gap, which had been hovering between two and three minutes, to just 25seconds. With no major damage cause, the pace settled down shortly after and their quintets advantages grew back out to two-minutes.
With a stage win and bonus seconds up for grabs, Mitchelton-SCOTT sent riders up the front to bring the break back ahead of a technical finish, that featured a short sharp climb to finish.
With assistance from UAE Team Emirates and Lotto-FixAll, the break was consumed with 13km to go. A late attempt of two riders was unsuccessful before Mitchelton-SCOTT once again drove the pace in the final kilometres to set up their climbers.
A technical finish weaving through the town of Caltagirone made for an exciting finale. At first climb, then with a downhill section, it finished with a final kilometre of climbing, reaching 13%.
Erico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) surged to the front early, but Wellens timed his run to perfection. Yates was the best of three strong performances from Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Simon Yates – Fourth on stage, 3rd overall:
“It was a difficult first day back in Italy. It wasn’t one a lot of people had spoken about, with the focus on Etna, but we knew it wasn’t going to be easy."
“The team did a great job to position me in the hectic final, but with 1.5km to go another rider lost the wheel to the front guys so I started the final climb slightly behind.”
“Nevertheless, I managed to have a good result and take a small amount of time to some GC guys so I think we can be happy with the ride today.”
Giro d’Italia – Stage 4 Results:
1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-FixAll) 5:17:45
2. Michael Woods (EF – Drapac) ST
3. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) ST
4. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 4:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 14:28:08
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +0:01
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:17
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