Team Saxo Bank’s German Jens Voigt showed his still got it, during the fourth 162-kilometer-long stage of the Giro by breaking away with Francesco Bellotti (Barloworld), Davide Vigano (Fuji Servetto), Ian Stannard (ISD) and Francesco De Bonis (Serramenti).
The goupetto got to the bottom of the first climb where Voigt increased the tempo dropping all but Da Bonis and Belloti. In the chasing group down the road Astana, Liquigas and Danilo Di Luca’s LPR Brakes cooperated to reel them back.
As the ascent increased Voigt and Belotti accelerated dropping Da Bonis, soon after Belotti was dropped leaving Jens to take the stage victory. Two and a half kilometres from the line he hit the wall and the group of favorites blew past him and Danilo Di Luca sprinted his way to the stage victory.
"For Jens to take this mountain stage was obviously against all odds, but the elderly gentleman is set for any kind of task. He is always being positive and although he is aware that the best climbers in the world are chasing him he is still able to joke around until the moment he is caught", said a content Lars Michaelsen after the stage, and added: "We don’t have any riders for the overall standings which means we have several free cards to play, and we’ll take advantage of that throughout the rest of the race".
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