Giro and Jonathan Milan win stage 4 in Andorra

Giro and Jonathan Milan win stage 4 in Andorra

The blue of Lidl-Trek wins the race’s fourth stage ahead of Groves and Bauhaus. Bebo Jana was also in the spotlight

Filippo Ganna attacks, Jonathan Milan wins the race launched by Simone Consoni: all for the Italian athletes on the track on the Andorra stage. On the shore of the Ligurian Sea, at the age of 23, Milan launches himself into a race that cannot fail, and makes him take another leap in his development that has not yet known its limits. Because in the power he unleashes on the ground, there is all the doubt and anger that surrounds an enemy when he fails to assert himself. Fourth stage of the 107th Giro d’Italia, Acqui Terme-Andorra, 190 km, 1700 m of altitude difference. 4 km from the finish line, at the start of Capo Meli (one of the emblematic places of Milan-Sanremo), Gana attacks. Show, great harmony. The Piedmontese fly, he still has 7 inches with 2 kilometers to go, Pelizzari tries to chase him, but the group is predatory and, despite his strength, he is caught by Simone Consoni, who drives Milan perfectly. Johnny starts in front, for a long time, not wanting to remain suppressed, and brings back the Dutchman Quigg who tries to join him and clearly outpaces the Australian Caden Groves, the German Phil Bauhaus, then Quigg, Merlier and Ballerini. Slovenian Tadej Pogacar remains in the pink jersey, with 46 inches for Welshman Geraint Thomas and 47 inches for Colombian Daniel Martinez. The best Italian Lorenzo Fortunato, from Bologna from the Astana team, ranked sixth with a time of 1:07 minutes. After a bitter second place in Fussano, here is the revenge of Milan, the Friulian giant Liddell Trek, first in San Salvo exactly one year ago and cycling jersey in the 2023 Giro, symbol of the new generation of Italian cycling, not only a runner but also the protagonist of the Nordic Classics The Great (5th in Ghent-Wevelgem). And an indispensable vehicle for the golden quartet on the track in Tokyo 2021: these four riders who will be searching for a second consecutive gold medal in Paris. Milan wins a Sanremo-style stage, with the last 50 kilometres, from Savona to the finish line, reminiscent of a Classicsima final. With sun and temperatures of 18 degrees, many people are wearing T-shirts and shorts, some even on the beach.

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The half-day was complicated by bad weather that the group encountered midway through the stage on the Colle del Melogno. And here begins the ordeal of Eritrean Binyam Girmay, who crashed twice while descending from Altari to Kadibuna. He first falls with about a dozen riders (including Ben O’Connor and Matteo Trentin) on the wet slope, then ends up descending alone. Jermay retires and the Giro loses its great personality. It is worth noting the fair play played by Filippo Ganna: while escaping with three other riders, the group left no room for the Piedmontese, with a lead that never exceeded a minute and a half. So, 28 kilometers into the race, Jana gets up, greets his separated companions one by one, and is captured again by the group. At that point the fugitives’ lead had increased to approximately five minutes. Ghana, congratulations on the beautiful gesture. The group, moving steadily at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour on board the Aurelia, then resumes the escape of the South African Stefan de Bode (Ef) and the Spaniard Francisco Munoz (Polte Cuneta) in Laiguilia, 4.5 kilometers from the finish, at the ‘Capo Meli Attack, after 182 in the open: The attack began at kilometer 3. Then fireworks from the Olympic athletes on the track.

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