Giro Donne – Stage 4

The first three proper stages of the Giro will have been exhausting for the riders contesting the GC, and the four hour drive across Italy afterwards won’t have helped either. But finally today they get a chance to relax a bit and let the sprinters have their turn on four laps around the coastal town of Porto S. Elpidio, a town with absolutely none of those distracting cultural features that threaten to come between you and a nice day’s slobbing out on the beach; just sea, sand, a couple of bars and a few nice trees should the heat become too much.

At this point last year, Ina Teutenberg had won all three stages and held both main jersies. This year she still has lots of spare fingers. Columbia’s tactics on these sorts of stages last year were simple: let no breaks get away. Catch, then ease up, catch, then ease up. This could well turn into an unofficial rest day, with lots of piano, slightly above half-assed, riding leading to Teutenberg victory number 1. Lots of part-time riders at the back of the field relieved that they can keep up for once and heal some of the pain. Competition comes from Kirsten Wild, Giorgia Bronzini and Rochelle Gilmore. Young Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking is a possible wild card.

Rai Sport Piu will have half an hour of coverage at 21:00 local time.

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