Giro 2021 Favourites stage 4: Bike handling in intriguing finale

Alberto Bettiol 2019 - Giro 2021 Favourites stage 4: Bike handling in intriguing finaleThe Giro d'Italia serves a promising finale on the fourth day of action. Bike handling, climbing and descending skills are prerequisites for those eyeing the stage win. Short, sharps climbs and technical descents are packed together inside the last 25 kilometres.

Stage 4 of the Giro is flat for 80 kilometres and then the riders enter a new phase of approximately 100 kilometres. The second part of the race takes in an elevation gain of 1,800 metres, while the most testing sections appear in the last 25 kilometres.

The finale opens when the riders clamber out of the valley of the Torrente Scoltenna steam. Via a 4 kilometres climb at 8% they reach a undulating plateau and 7 kilometres later the road points downhill. The 6 kilometres drop runs straight onto the 4 kilometres climb at 10% into Sestola. After reaching the summit there are 2.5 (flat) kilometres left to race.

The technical finale suits versatile riders who combine climbing, descending and bike handling skills. Chances are that the breakaway makes it to the finish line and fast legs could prove to be valuable also.

The stage winner could emerge from the breakaway, although a GC clash can’t be ruled out either.

The start list of the Giro is not yet confirmed, so we’ll update this article later.

Favourites 4th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

*** Matej Mohoric, Alberto Bettiol, Koen Bouwman, Valerio Conti
** Davide Formolo, Simon Yates, Remco Evenepoel, João Almeida
* Pavel Sivakov, Matteo Fabbro, Enrico Battaglin, Gianluca Brambilla

Another interesting read: route stage 4 Giro d’Italia 2021.

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