PG - Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 4


The main feature of the day is the category 1 climb at 5.9% over the 22.8 km. You can break it down a bit though. The first 13k average 6.5%, there’s then a quick descent just shy of a k followed by a tough 2.75k at 8.7%. The final 5 and a bit k are around 5.4% average with another short drop in altitude before a slight rise to the finish.

The Favourites

It’s unlikely we’ll see the GC fight erupt on Mt Etna, expected headwinds will put pay to that but it still should be an interesting fight.

In some ways it’s a bit pointless to look at history to get a feel for how this will all play out as it seems there’s more ways up Etna than there is roads leading to Rome. It is worth pointing out though that a breakaway rider often takes the win. Even if like Chaves, it’s gifted by your GC leader who’s left his rivals for dead amongst the volcanic ashes of the mountainside.

So the first decision is break or GC?

Most things point to the break. First mountain test. Headwinds. Not the most difficult ascent and history. The only outlier is SPY. He’s driven away the last time he started on form and after the TT, there’s no doubt he’s flying at the moment. Of course he also has the experience of going too hard too early in the Giro. Then again he may wish to make hay whilst it drizzles on Etna. If he does then he’ll drag most of the GC guys with him. If he doesn’t then a strong break with the right mix of teams should go the distance.

There’s too many riders to name if it is a break and why should I tell you lot if I had a good idea of who will be in it (which I most certainly don’t anyway!) So all I’ll say is if you pick Lopez, is it a J you mean and how much fun would it be to see a gurning Formolo in a head to head fight with a grape crushing Mauri in the last couple of k’s?

Of course if you don’t trust me (and who would) have a look at the startlist and make your own minds up.

The Rules

In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.

Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.

Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.

The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the race, the neutralized roll-out or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.

The Scoring


The last 3 races will be secret entry between the top contenders… To avoid defensive picking.

When we say top contenders we leave the number open because who knows how many will be within striking distance...

We will notify you by email if we need you to do a secret entry.

The Results

Head over to msbee's spreadsheet to check how you fared. Any issues, please email us on...