Danilo Di Luca takes stage 4 of the Giro

Another Italian stage victory in the Giro d’Italia with Danilo Di Luca taking line honors while the general classifications get a shake-up. The 162 kilometre route from Padua to San Martino di Castrozza saw six riders start an early break away.One by one they fell back with only Jens Voigt leading until the final kilometres only to ‘konk out’ shortly before the uphill finish line. 

Mauricio Soler took advantage of an undecisive peloton and sprinted towards the finish line in the last kilometres and held his distance until the last stretch where he was passed by Di Luca (LPR Brakes), Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas). With the peleton stretched in the uphill battle, the overall classifications were shaken up with Australian Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad) still holding tight to third,  though with Swedish team mate Thomas L?vkvist in the leaders jersey closely followed by the stage winner Di Luca at second overall. Also in the top ten is Lance Armstrong who’s performance is being closely followed.

Top Ten Results on Stage 4

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini 4.15.04 (38.107km/h)

2 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe Mokambo

3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

4 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld

5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli

6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana

7 Thomas L?vkvist (Swe) Team Columbia – Highroad

8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas

9 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank

10 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne

General Classification after Stage 4

1 Thomas L?vkvist (Swe) Team Columbia – Highroad 13.05.28

2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini 0.02

3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia – Highroad 0.06

4 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0.26

5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana

6 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0.28

7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0.32

8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – N.G.C. 0.42

9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre – N.G.C.

10 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0.49



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