The Italian leg of the Giro opens in the deep south of Italy, in Calabria. After leaving the capitol Catanzaro riders head for Praia da Mare, a coastal town located on the instep of Lo Stivale (The Boot) . After a flat first section the terrain offers some modest hills after 80 kilometres in the saddle, but the Bonifati and the San Pietro are the real hurdles, both peaking at around 400 metres. The last climb is history with 150 kilometres done.
After 172 kilometres the riders face a series of short climbs. Kittel-type fast men will be alarmed by it, but San Remo-winner Arnaud Démare must be pleased. He can get rid of the super-fast sprinters and head for glory in the flat closing section leading to Praia a Mara.
At the line, time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting, while intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
Race results/race report stage 4, Giro d’Italia 2016.
Giro 2016 Stage 4: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
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