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9 May 2017

Polanc solos to win stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

The Slovenian rider Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) won the 181km Cefalù-Etna fourth stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) finished second and third.

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) is the new General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.

1 – Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) – 181km in 4h55’58”, average speed 36.693km/h
2 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 19″
3 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 29″

1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 6″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 10″


Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Jan Polanc said: “It’s amazing. Probably nobody expected the breakaway to succeed. We were only four guys to make it work and we didn’t have a big gap for the last climb. It was probably the hardest day of my life. I’m very happy. To repeat the victory I got in 2015 in the first mountain stage is wonderful.”

The new race leader Bob Jungels said: “I didn’t really believe Fernando Gaviria when he said I’d take the Maglia Rosa over from him. It’s always a dream but you have to be a bit lucky. The team did a great job. We had be clever. I would like to keep the jersey for longer than last year but we have a big stage on Sunday at the Blockhaus. It will be more for true climbers like Quintana but I hope to stay in the lead as long as possible.”


Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)