Diego Ulissi of Lampre-Merida took his fifth stage win in the Giro d’Italia last night after a tactical assault before the last climb some 10km from the finish.
Ulissi’s team mates put him in a late breakaway at the foot of the last climb before he launched his attack over the top. The Italian stayed clear of the chasing peloton who finished only five seconds behind him on the line in Praia a Mare.
Tom Dumoulin, the ITT Stage 1 winner came in hot behind Ulissi to reclaimed the Maglia Rosa leaders jersey leaving Marcel Kittel with lighter shoulders for tonight’s stage.
1. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – Merida 4:46:51
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:05
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:06
5. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
8. Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast – Venezuela
9. Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-GreenEdge
10. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky
Praia a Mare hosts a stage start as well as the previous day’s finish. The route heads north again, but leaves the coastline, cutting inland across a course that’s hilly, but with no major climbs.
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Maarten Tjallingii is still at the top of the Sprint Classifiction but Damiano Cunego of Nippo – Vini Fantiniere has moved to the top of the Mountains Classification. Here is the top 10 GC standings after Stage 4,
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 14:00:09
2. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:20
3. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – Merida
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:24
5. Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:26
7. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:31
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:35
9. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:37
10. Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-GreenEdge