Pozzovivo takes 9th place and climbs to 7th after opening stage in Sicily
Caltagirone, May 8th– Stage 4 ; Catania – Caltagirone –198 km
And finally, the Giro d’Italia continues on its’ soil. After a free day that was also a day for teams to fly with charter planes to Catania was a day for resetting all the equipment and team wehicles.
The todays’ fourth and first Italian stage of Giro 101 started in Catania in front of numerous tifosi which made an incredible atmosphere in every single town along the stage and at the finishing destination, Caltagirone where was the crescendo of todays’ cycling festival in Sicilian style.
TBM had a solid performance and some unlucky moments when Giovanni Visconti and Matej Mohorič were forced to stay in a que due to some crashes, so it was quite hard for them to keep up the momentum and be ready to take a better position in last 25 km. Manuelle Boarowas having eyes on Domenico Pozzovivo, TBM leader to the last kilometers and Domenico Pozzovivosucseeded to get safely and get to 9th place at todays’ stage and get two steps higher to the 7th possition in the general clasification.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) showed again how great he is at such lonlasting fights and took a victory ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) and Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) as third in the uphill sprint.
Maglia rosa is still owned by Rohan Dennis(BMC) who finished in the wheels four seconds behind Wellens in a same group with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and his other GC rivals.
Domenico Pozzovivo said shortly after the stage;
“It was difficult to take a top results today, because at the front there were all the best Classics specialist riders, some sprinters and GC riders. I was not at the front, but when I moved, I pushed hard until the end. I gave it all to retrieve positions”.