The 202km very hilly stage from Catania to Caltagirone (4km has been added in the initial part in Catania) marks the return of the peloton on Italian roads and could lead to surprises.
The peloton, 175 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:30.
Catania (12:15 – Start): sunny, 21°C. Wind: moderate – WNW 13km/h.
Caltagirone (17:15 – Finish): variable, 19°C. Wind: strong – NNE 23km/h.
1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 1”
3 – José Gonçalves (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 13”
Stage 4 – Catania-Caltagirone 202km – total elevation 2,500m
The route has an undulating profile (with several ascents, including two categorised climbs), and features a continuous series of bends throughout the stage course. Roads are generally wide, and the surface is worn out at points. Cobblestones may be present in urban areas.
The final 5 kilometres run entirely within the city. There is a short (well-lit) tunnel with 5km to go, while from 3km to 2km to go, the route crosses the old town centre on a narrowed roadway. The last kilometre runs entirely uphill with gradients reaching 13%. The home stretch is 300m long, on 7.5m-wide asphalt road.