Orbetello - Frascati
Giro d'Italia - 14 May 2019
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The likes of Nibali, Majka, Formolo, Jungels, Zakarin, Chaves, Mollema and Geoghegan Hart all finished in that chasing group with Yates and Lopez and so limited their losses to Roglic to 16 seconds.
Today's unlikely top 10 after devastation tore through the peloton with 5km remaining.
Good news for British fans: Simon Yates came home in a chasing group only 18 seconds down alongside Miguel Angel Lopez. So those two riders limited their losses to Roglic.
Roglic finished in sixth just behind Senechal so he will extend his lead tonight. We're still waiting to see when Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali finished - it was immensely chaotic following that massive pile-up.
Tom Dumoulin crosses the line with five Sunweb team-mates and he crosses the line four minutes down. That crash happened outside the 3km zone and so he will lose all that time tonight - and probably his Giro chances, too.
Poor Tom Dumoulin - he's haemorrhaging blood from his left knee and this may be his race over.
The big winner today was Primoz Roglic who will extend his lead in the GC. Tom Dumoulin still has 1km to go and is being escorted by his Sunweb team-mate.
Caleb Ewan ran out of road and took second place by a bike length. Diego Ulissi took third place a bit further back, with Pascal Ackermann in fourth.
Victory for Richard Carapaz of Movistar!
Now Ewan chases...
Carapaz launches first...
Just eight riders now in front going under the flamme rouge. QuickStep only have Florian Senechal. Caleb Ewan appears to be there at the back with Ackermann.
What gains Roglic will make today - quite out of the blue.
Richard Carapaz is there so will re-gain the time he lost yesterday. Ackermann is there - the only sprinter.
Just a dozen riders approaching this final climb in the main group - and UAE have three, including Diego Ulissi.
Bora and Groupama are driving this leading group and they have a big gap over the chasers. Roglic appears to be the only big name GC rider who has made it here.
Primoz Roglic is in a leading group of 20-odd riders. There have been huge splits following that crash and the likes of Nibali and Yates seem to have been caught out. Ans Tom Dumoulin, too, who appears to have gone down. He's bleeding badly from his left knee.
BIG CRASH: A huge pile-up in the pack and it must have happened high up in the pack because there's a while host of Katusha riders there...
Katusha now edging forward for their man Battaglin, who won a stage in last year's Giro when at LottoNL-Jumbo - his third in his career.
Astana, Movistar, QuickStep and Mitchelton-Scott are all on the front.
The road continues edging uphill for the next 5km before a two-tiered descent ahead of the final climb to the line, which is 2km long at 4.4% and a maximim gradient of 7%. It's show time.
It's all over for our remaining two escapees who spent 223km in the break today.
CRASH: A handful of riders go down including James Knox of Deceuninck-QuickStep who hits the deck for the second time in as many days. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama-FDJ) and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) also went down.
Just 55 seconds now for the two leaders, who are racing for the pride of being the last man standing.
Cima has been caught by the pack on this long uphill drag. Israel Cycling Academy have sent two riders back to the front where they are riding alongside Sunweb, Ineos, Groupama and Lotto Soudal.
Damiano Cima has been dropped by the other escapees as Frapporti and Maestri ride clear with 20km to go. The Groupama-FDJ team of Arnaud Demare have come to the front to help pace.
Andrey Amador, riding on the front for Movistar, eats half an energy bar and then discards the rest - and the wrapper - to the side of the road.
Now just two minutes for the leaders after Israel Cycling Academy, Dimension Data and, now, Katusha-Alpecin come to the front and up the tempo.
The peloton bottlenecks as the plough through the centre of Villanova where the fans have encroached off the pavements and onto the side of the road. Just three minutes now.
This stint on the front by Bahrain Merida has upped the tension levels in the pack, which is all strung out. Just 3'20" for our trio now.
Mitchelton-Scott have come to the front now to help with the chase alongside Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain Merida. The gap drops to under four minutes.
Frapporti leads the trio under the 50-to-go banner before Damiano Cima bounds clear to take the intermediate sprint at Mentana, with Frapporti and Maestri crossing in that order behind. The gap is five minutes back to the peloton.
While the leaders are prepping for the intermediate sprint, Australia's Caleb Ewan drops off the back of the pack for a bike change. Either he's got a mechanical or he wants a different steed ahead of the finish, which features that 2km uphill sprint for which he is one of the favourites - at least, on paper.
Just five minutes now for the leaders as they get within 7km of the intermediate sprint.
About 15km until the next TV sprint and the host broadcaster graphics has just informed viewers that Damiano Cima's favourite film is Fast & Furious and his favourite food is tiramisu. The trio's lead is down to 5'30".
Deceuninck-QuickStep now have Serry on the front. He's been pulling with individual riders from Bora and UAE to bring the gap down to 6'15" so that means Frapporti is out of the virtual pink jersey hot seat. Behind, the entire Jumbo-Visma team are huddled around the man who looks like he'll keep the pink for another day, Primoz Roglic.
Frapporti is clinching his left thigh - he looks to be suffering from cramps. Don't blame him - it's been a long day in the saddle. Back with the pack, Pieter Serry of QuickStep has helped join the chase, reducing the gap to 6'45". Frapporti's time in the virtual pink jersey is almost over...
Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin) crashed yesterday but is still confident he can be in the mix today in a finish which suits his strengths.
Right on cue, UAE Team Emirates, Bora-Hansgrohe and Lotto Soudal have put men on the front of the pack to help chase for their sprinters Gaviria, Ackermann and Ewan. Movistar are also riding en bloc as a team just behind a handful of Jumbo-Visma riders so we can expect the gap to come down pretty fast now.
Puncture for Marco Frapporti, who needs a wheel change. The Androni-Giacattoli rider stands to gain the most today if this break goes all the way with the same gap: he could be in the maglia rosa tonight. He was 6'19" down on Roglic this morning so it's not infeasible...
Since I've been gone, the peloton has taken its foot off the gas and the advantage of the leading trio has stretched out to pushing nine minutes!
Sorry for that break in communications: I was in the TV studio interviewing Nicolas Roche, who is one of the Eurosport pundits this week.
It's Maestri who takes the sprint ahead of Cima with the elder statesman Frapporti happy to let the others stretch their legs while he takes it easy behind. The gap is 6'20".
We're about five clicks from the intermediate sprint at Vetralla and all three of these escapees - Marco Frapporti, Mirco Maestri and Damiano Cima - will be motivated to take the spoils. Their advantage is down to 5'45" which will be enough, surely, for them to do battle for both intermediate sprints before the peloton swallow them up.
A lot has been said about Caleb Ewan's chances today - primarily off the back of his win on the Hatta Dam in the UAE Tour. But that was just a 200m uphill effort whereas today's finale includes a 2km ramp to the line. It's only a 7% maximum gradient and an average of 4.4% but it should be enough to rule out some of the pure sprinters. Many are going for a rider like Diego Ulissi, who thrives on these kinds of finishes, and it remains to be seen if any of the GC riders try to catch out their rivals.
The roads continue to roll, the wind continues to blow, the sun continues to shine (after that short shower), the break continues to ride with a seven-minute gap, and Groupama and Lotto Soudal continue to control the chase.
And now, for no apparent reason, here's a picture of Fausto Coppi.
Talking of food... the press buffet looks pretty good today - what's left of it.
The calm before the storm... talking of which, the rain has stopped and the sun is doing its best to peek back through the clouds. It's one of them days... De Gendt continues leading the peloton with Scotson in his wheel. The gap is 7'15" and I'm off to sort out my lunch. Back in a jiffy.
It's drizzling now as the gap stabilised around the 7'20" mark.
It hasn't been a walk in the park today, as Frenchman Olivier Le Gac can testify... The Groupama-FDJ rider took a tumble earlier on before the TV cameras started rolling. We hope Manuele Boaro (Astana) managed to bunny-hop over his bike...
It's been a very slow start to this stage with the average speed only just over 33kmph. Thomas De Gendt continues to ride on the front for Lotto Soudal with some help from Miles Scotson of Groupama-FDJ. The gap is 7'27" and it looks like there are a few drops of rain on the TV cameras.
We're hearing that Denmark's Matti Breschel (EF Education First) has withdrawn.
Elia Viviani spoke to the media at the start of the stage to express his feelings about Fernando Gaviria being given yesterday's win following his relegation. "We are friends so at least I am happy he finishes second because I'm more happy that he wins than anyone else," the Italian champion said. "What can I say? I do my sprint and I was the first to say that I feel the contact [with Matteo Moschetti]. I want to say also that it was not voluntary. If they want to follow the rules, it's right to follow the rules. But I'm curious to see if they follow the rules in every other sprint from now. Today is a little bit hard but we're going to try, day by day, no stress, so we'll see."
It's windy but not blustery or exposed enough to see the pack blown apart into echelons. Thoms De Gendt is on the front leading the chase for Lotto Soudal, who will be hoping their man Caleb Ewan will come good on the uphill ramp to the finish today. The Aussie pocket-rocket has a good recent record on similar finishes and this would be the perfect chance to get a first Grand Tour stage win in two years on a day when some of his rivals may struggle with the slope.
Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ have come to the front alongside Astana to help reduce the gap to just over eight minutes for our three escapees. It's pretty blustery out there today and it has clouded over a bit, too.
Our three leaders - Frapporti, Maestri and Cima - have passed the town of Pitigliano. The road is heading back uphill on a long uncategorised rise towards the town of Poggio Evangelista. The race will then drop down along a ridge overlooking Lake Bolsena before heading south-east towards Lake Bracciano ahead of today's finish in the suburbs of Rome. The gap is 11'10".
The gap continues to grow: it's over 12 minutes now for our three escapees.
The day ended well for Deceuninck-QuickStep, however, with their young Danish rider Kasper Asgreen winning the queen stage of the Tour of California...
Elia Viviani's directeur sportif Davide Bramati wasn't happy about the relegation of his sprinter yesterday...
It was that man Frapporti who took the 3pts over the summit, with Maestri pocketing 2pts and Cima 1pt. Frapporti moves up to third place in the KOM standings, level with Roglic on 4pts and some 20pts behind the maglia azzurra Ciccone. The gap is up to 11'45".
The three leaders have crested the summit of the climb to Manciano with well over 10 minutes to play with. We're awaiting confirmation of their order over the top, but Frapporti is currently the virtual maglia rosa as he's the best placed rider in this trio - albeit 6'13" down on Roglic in 127th place.
Tao Geoghegan Hart wasn't the only GC rider to lose time yesterday. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) punctured 8km from the finish and had just fought back onto the peloton when the crash which took down the British rider occured. In the end, Carapaz - who finished fourth overall last year - came home 46 seconds down and in a group that also included Domenico Pozzovivo of Bahrain Merida. Both riders are, in theory, here to support their team's principal GC leaders in Mikel Landa and Vincenzo Nibali - but their losses will be a blow all the same. As for Team Ineos's Geoghegan Hart, his 1'28" loss and two crashes are a nasty set-back after he impressed so much in the opening time trial.
The three leaders are onto the Cat.4 climb to Manciano with over eight minutes to play with.
More on UAE Team Emirates' suspension and withdrawal of Juan Sebastian Molano.
Giulio Ciccone will be happy to see those three countrymen up the road for the will mop up all the points in the only categorised climb of the day, which comes up shortly. That will protect his lead in the KOM standings. The Trek rider has been in the maglia azzurra since the opening day after setting the best time on the climb to San Luca in Bologna in the ITT. He added more points on Sunday and Monday to increase his tally to 24pts - 18pts clear than his nearest opponent, Francois Bidard of Ag2R-La Mondiale.
The lead of our three Italians is up to six minutes after the first 10 clicks. They're all after the intermediate sprint prize as well as the prize for the rider who amasses the most amount of breakaway kilometres, which Frapporti won last year.
One non-starter today - and it's a bit of a controversial one: Juan Sebastian Molano of UAE Team Emirates has been pulled from the race and provisionally suspended by his team following what they have labelled some "unusual physiological results" coming from one of their regular health examinations.
Aha, and here's a surprise... NOT! The three riders in the break are Italians Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Damiano Cima (Nippo-Fantini-Faizanè) - all three of whom were in Sunday's break in stage 2. The trio zipped clear shortly after the start.
They're off! Somewhat later than expected but the show is finally on the road. This is the third-longest stage of the race which stands out for it's long stages: yesterday, although 220km long, was only the eighth longest!
A reminder of the jersey wearers - from left to right: Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) in the blue climbers' jersey; Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in the pink jersey; Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in the maglia ciclamino; Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) in the white young riders' jersey.
The riders are currently rolling through the 8.5km neutral zone ahead of the official start. It's a sunny day on the Tuscan coast.
But today is a new day and Viviani was all smiles at the sign-on - although I doubt he'll be too happy about today's uphill sprint finish, which doesn't suit his flat-track bully style of sprinting. We'll see...
“I'm sorry this has happened because Elia is always correct in the sprints and didn't really do anything wrong today,” said Gaviria. “For me, he won the stage today. If you watch the replay, you can see he didn't do it on purpose, he didn't look back. He was trying to just do his sprint. It was a severe decision. I like to win fair and square out on the road and today I was beaten by Elia. He's a great rider and I'm sorry for him.”
Viviani clearly wasn't happy with the decision - just look at him here arriving at the QuickStep team bus after finding out...
Yesterday's 'winner' Fernando Gaviria was gracious after being elevated above his friend Viviani, who the Colombian adjudged to have still won the stage despite being relegated to 73rd place.
Here's today's official profile - and it's pretty much up and down all the way...
Slovenian race leader Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) kept out of trouble to retain the maglia rosa by 19 seconds over Britain’s Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) while Tao Geoghagen Hart, who crashed twice during the nervous stage, plunged to 57th place at 2’03”.
Italian national champion Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) looked to have won the chaotic bunch sprint in the Tuscan coastal town of Orbetello ahead of Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). But replays showed Viviani veering violently to the left in the home straight to close the door on compatriot Matteo Moschetti of Trek-Segafredo, who avoided a nasty fall en route to a fifth place finish eventually upgraded to fourth following the brave decision.
Yesterday, Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria was awarded Stage 3 following the relegation of initial winner Elia Viviani as Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic retained the pink jersey and Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart plunged out of the top 10.
Ciao regazzi! Welcome to live coverage of stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia - an undulating 235km ride from Orbetello to Frascati which features one categorised climb, numerous bumps and hills, and a punchy uphill sprint finish ideal for a rider like Peter Sagan (who is unfortunately across the Atlantic on Tour of California duty).