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Giro d'Italia 2019: Richard Carapaz wins Stage 4 as Roglic gains time on rivals

Joe Robinson
14 May 2019

Big crash in final 4km sees Primoz Roglic gain time on rivals with crooked Tom Dumoulin biggest loser

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) won Stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia from a reduced bunch while Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) profited from a large crash in the final 4km which saw most of his General Classification rivals lose time.

Movistar climber Carapaz capitalised on the same late crash that saw only a handful of riders compete for the stage win, with the Ecuadorian launching his sprint early and managing to hold off a fast-finishing Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

The crash defined the race finale after Team Ineos's Salvatore Puccio touched wheels in the peloton bringing down a handful of key riders and plenty others too.

Roglic was the only GC contender not to be held up by the fall, eventually crossing the line in a reduced group ahead of all of his major rivals.

The closest contender to Roglic over the line was Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who chased back to only lose 16 seconds on the pink jersey in a group that also included Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

The biggest loser from the crash was Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The 2017 pink jersey winner hit the floor in a crash around 6.8km from the finish, eventually crossing the line almost four minutes after Roglic.

All roads lead to just outside Rome

Stage 4 took the peloton from Orbetello south to Frascati, a small town on the outskirts of Rome. At 235km, it was a long day in the saddle and another for the purists to enjoy.

The day's action would be centred around the race's finale. A final 2.5km of rolling road around 5% saw the final kilometre entirely uphill at 4%.

Probably too tough for the pure sprinters like Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), although he was present in the reduced group, it was likely that we would see a new stage winner into Frascati.

It was an all Italian affair in the day's break. Just three riders made the cut with Marco Frapporti of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Bardiani CSF's Mirco Maestri and Nippo-Vini's Damiano Cima, all of which also made the break on Stage 2.

With Deceuninck-QuickStep unwilling to work towards the day's chase, the trio was afforded plenty of slack early in the day with the gap spilling over the eight-minute mark on several occasions.

It stayed that way for plenty of the stage until the peloton shot into gear in the last 100km, bringing the gap back down into manageable territory. It was a bland day, if truth be told, with the highlight being Androni's Matteo Montaguti riding without a saddle for a bit.

In the final 20km, Cima was dropped by his breakaway companions as the pace of the peloton grew for what looked to be a technical final half an hour of racing.

The frantic finale showed itself with 12km to go as young Brit James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) hit the deck for the second day running alongside recent Hour Record breaker Victor Campanearts (Lotto-Soudal).

It also saw the remaining two breakaway artists caught at the 10km mark as the pace increased and the GC contenders flocked to the front to remain safe.

This increase in pace also saw a big crash that downed plenty of Katusha-Alpecin riders and Dumoulin, but more importantly saw a small group of 20 split away from the main peloton including overall leader Roglic.

Eventually, Roglic gained 16 seconds on Yates, Lopez and Nibali, and 44 seconds on Mikel Landa, all of whom did well to limit their loses.

As for Dumoulin, his Giro hopes came to an end after he rolled across the line four minutes after Roglic.