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The Belgian Tim Wellens wins the 4th stage of the Giro; Dennis is still a leader

Ⓒ AFP – Luk Benies – | The Belgian Tim Wellens wins the fourth stage of the Tour of Italy, between Catania and Caltagirone, in Sicily, on May 8, 2017

The Belgian cyclist Tim Wellens (Lotto) won this Tuesday in Caltagirone, Sicily, in the first stage of the Giro held in Italian territory, after the start of the race in Israel.

The stage, with start in Catania and 198 km of route, ended in a slope that caused cuts in the peloton, although the Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) retained the pink jersey of leader.

The British Chris Froome, one of the favorites to the final victory lost a score of seconds.

At the end of that steep slope, Wellens surpassed in the sprint the Canadian Michael Woods, second in the past Lieja-Bastoña-Liega, and the Italian Enrico Battaglin.

The British Simon Yates, the first classified among the great contenders for the final podium in Rome, finished fourth and scratched a few seconds with respect to one of his rivals in that fight for the final victory.

Five runners starred in the day’s escape (Barbin, Mosca, Jáuregui, Belkov, Frapporti). The last survivors were reached by the peloton 13 km from the finish line, before the climb to Caltagirone.

The Italian Valerio Conti tried to arrive alone but was caught three kilometers.

Wellens, 26, takes his second stage victory in a Giro, two years after the first.

The Belgian is an accomplished specialist in this type of explosive end and has victories in some classics (such as the 2015 Montreal Grand Prix) and also in one-week laps (Eneco Tour or Tour of Poland).

On Wednesday the 5th stage will be played, the second of the three scheduled in Sicily, and Agrigente will unite with Santa Ninfa, with 153 km of undulating route in its second part.

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