Juan Pedro Lopez became the leader in the overall standings Gira d’Italia on Tuesday when Leonard Camne won the 4th stage after they achieved great success in the 23km climb to the finish line on top of Mount Etna in Sicily.
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The two stars of the day were part of a long distance that began climbing six minutes ahead of the hunters.
Common favorites Richard Karapaz and Simon Yates reduced it to 2 minutes 37 seconds as part of a group of big guns including Ramen Bardet and Michel Land.
Lopez of Trek-Segafredo is now in the lead at Stone for 39 seconds overall, and Yates is fourth with 1 minute 42 seconds.
“I don’t care as much as my leadership, I just want to enjoy the moment,” Lopez said. “I don’t know how long I can keep it (the leader’s pink T-shirt),” he added.
It was the seventh time the Giro had climbed Mount Etna, and Kamna could add that famous victory to his victory on the mountain stage at the 2020 Tour de France.
“Lopez had some problem on the last corner, and I almost understood. Now I can continue this Giro with confidence, ”Kamna said.
Among the potential contenders for the overall Giro 2017 title, Tom Dumoulin cut short the time on the last ascent when Ineos gained a staggering pace at the top of 1,892 meters.
“I can’t explain it, but it was unpleasant to be alone on the rise,” Dumoulin said.
Another rider who failed to get out was Vincenzo Nibali, who was dropped on the last kilometer.
The leader of the night, Mathieu van der Poel, made no effort to defend his advantage on the rise, but had previously tried to escape the long distance.
Miguel Angel Lopez starred at the start of the stage on a day marked by a motorcycle accident that caused a group of riders to fall onto the tarmac.
Stage 5 on Wednesday is also in Sicily, running from Catania to Messina with a mountain to be climbed early, making another escape more likely.