Giro 2017 Route stage 4: Cefalù - Mount Etna

Giro 2017 Route 4th stageTuesday, 9 May 2017 – The 4th stage in the 2017 Giro d'Italia is played out on Sicilian soil. At 180 kilometres, the route leads from Cefalù to Rifugio Sapienza, located at an elevation of 1,892 metres on the flanks of Mount Etna.

The pack leaves from coastal town Cefalù to set sail for Santoe Stefano di Camastra and further east. With 57 kilometres done, the riders hit the lower slopes of Portella Fermina Morta. The climb starts in Acquedolci at sea level to keep climbing to an elevation of 1,435 metres. With its length at 31 kilometres and an average gradient of 5% this definitely is a warm welcome on Nibali’s native ground. Steepest sectors are as high as 13%.

Following a 25 kilometres drop an undulating section takes the riders to Nicolosi, located on the south side of Mount Etna. With 162 kilometres done this is the moment to be alert as it’s here the closing climb to Rifugio Sapienza begins. In 18 kilometres the route takes in 1,305 vertical metres, thus the average gradient is 7.2%.

Mount Etna featured in the 2011 Giro d’Italia with a double ascent in stage 9, which was won by Alberto Contador. Two weeks later the Spaniard did win in the overall, yet in 2012 the victory was taken from him as he had tested positive on clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France. The 2011 Giro title went to runner-up Michele Scarponi, while José Rujano became the winner on Mount Etna.

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