2014 Giro d’Italia: Stage 4 preview and live blog

81 Have your say

    The Giro rolls on into the next stage.

    The Giro d’Italia resumes after the first rest day back on Italian soil with a 112 kilometres stage from Giovinazzo to Bari. Join The Roar for live updates and discussion of all the race action on from 10:30pm (AEST).

    Given the short nature of the parcours, Stage 4 could almost be considered a second rest day for the General Classification contenders. However, with the glory of a stage victory up for grabs there will be no rest for the teams of the sprinters and the ever hopeful breakaway.

    The rather featureless stage includes just one intermediate sprint, making brand recognition for their sponsors the primary goal of a breakaway. As the teams of the sprinters are unlikely to throw away this opportunity to claim the prestige and press that follows a stage victory.

    Excluding the comparatively short cycle from Giovinazzo to the streets of Bari, Stage 4 is essential a circuit race consisting of eight laps of 8.3 kilometres. With three tight 90-degree turns and a sweeping 90-degree bend within two kilometres of the finishing line set to test the alertness of the peloton.

    Winning the battle for position at the fore of a stretched out peloton will be more important than ever with the sweeping 90-degree bend in to our finishing straight coming under 500 metres from the finishing line. However, the eight metre wide Corso Vittorio Emanuele II should provide room to manoeuvre for those sprinting from an suboptimal position.

    Despite leaving Ireland and heading to the south of Italy the weather does not appear like it will improve for the cyclists, with current weather forecasts predicting a 70% chance of precipitation. Which will only increase the difficulty of the circuit through the streets of Bari, quite possibly exponentially increasing the chances of heartbreak and drama within the final two kilometres.

    While Giant Shimano’s lead out for Marcel Kittel has yet to properly click just yet, the German still remains the favourite to emerge victorious in Bari. There could be an opportunity for the hulking German’s rivals to upstage him if they can manage to sufficiently out position him approaching the dash for the line.

    The final 350 metres are slightly uphill, which may offer the slightest of advantages to the likes of Ben Swift of Sky Pro Cycling. However, in the grand scheme of things it is impossible to look past Kittel for the stage victory – but you know what they say about betting on a sure thing.

    There have been upsets aplenty in the World Cup so far, so be sure to check out our expert tips and predictions for South Korea vs Sweden, Belgium vs Panama and England vs Tunisia and get the good oil on who to tip tonight.

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    The Crowd Says (81)

    The Roar Live Blog: Latest comments displayed at the top of the page | Click here to jump to leave a comment

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:39am | ! Report

      Join The Roar and myself tomorrow for live coverage of Stage 5 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia as the race hits the first of its five medium mountain stages.

      Meanwhile keep it tuned to The Roar for more opinion and analysis of both the Giro d’Italia and the cycling season as a whole.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:37am | ! Report

      So what almost became a definite second rest day for the peloton saw some late drama as Nacer Bouhanni overcame his late bad luck to claim victory in Stage 4 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Tom Veelers in an incident packed finale.

      Tomorrow’s fifth stage, with yet another forecast for rain, sees the peloton ride 203 kilometres from Taranto to our summit finish of Viggiano.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:32am | ! Report

      Stage 4 – Provisional General Classification Top 10:

      #1. Michael Matthews (OGE)
      #2. Alessandro Petacchi (OPQ) +8″
      #3. Daniel Oss (BMC) +10″
      #4. Ivan Santaromita (OGE) +14″
      #5. Luke Durbridge (OGE) +14″
      #6. Svein Tuft (OGE) +14″
      #7. Pieter Weening (OGE) +14″
      #8. Rigoberto Uran (OPQ) +19″
      #9. Pieter Serry (OPQ) +19″
      #10. Serge Pauwels (OPQ) +19″

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:29am | ! Report

      Should be no change in the General Classification given everything, however, I’ll sum up the Top 10 anyway.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:25am | ! Report

      So. Hours of neutralised riding on obviously dry roads led to them having to ride the finale in the rain.— John Galloway (@wjohngalloway) May 13, 2014

      Oh the irony!

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:25am | ! Report

      Stage 4 – Provisional Top 10:

      #1. Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ
      #2. Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek Factory Racing
      #3. Tom Veelers of Giant Shimano
      #4. Roberto Ferrari of Lampre Merida
      #5. Elia Viviani of Team Cannondale
      #6. Matteo Montaguti of AG2R Le Mondiale
      #7. Kenny De Haes of Lotto Belisol
      #8. Luka Mezgec of Giant Shimano
      #9. Bert De Backer of Giant Shimano
      #10. Francesco Chicchi of Neri Sottoli (Yellow Fluo)

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:21am | ! Report

      Michael Matthews of Orica GreenEDGE retains the Maglia Rosa (Pink Jersey), though he looks like he just finished riding Pairs Roubaix with all that dirt.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:19am | ! Report

      Admendment: Luka Mezgec reportedly dropped his chain and it was Tom Veelers who came third for Giant Shimano.

    • Roar Guru

      jasonkohlmorgen said | 1:18am | ! Report

      What an odd stage! Thanks for bringing us the action Matt.