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Giro d’Italia: Polanc wins on Etna after the breakaway

Jan Polanc won first mountain stage of 100th edition of Giro d’Italia, after spending most of the day in the breakaway.

Info: Stage 4, May 9th, Cefalu – Etna, 181km

Course: mountainous – cat. 2 climb to Portella Femmina Morta – 90km (4.5%, 32.8km long), mountain top finish to Etna – cat. 1 ( max. 12%, avg. 6,6%, 18km long)

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After three consecutive stages with CCC Sprandi Polkowice representative in the break, this time the 4-man leading group didn’t include “riders in orange”. On that day Eugenio Alafaci (Trek – Segafredo), Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-RusVelo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) managed to go clear, gaining almost 9 minutes on the bunch.

Alafaci was the first escapee to return to the bunch. Brutt was next in the line and Janse Van Rensburg got caught on the final climb, with around 9km to go.

Polanc, who approached Etna with 4:20 lead over the peloton, managed to hold off the chasers and take the solo win. He claimed that victory despite headwind and quite strong pace in the peloton. CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were unable to keep up with the strongest teams, as the first man in orange at the summit was Jan Hirt was 44th (4:57 back). He lost contact with the main pack with 7,5km remaining and rode the rest of the climb at his own pace.

Polanc took the win, ahead of Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), who attacked just before the finish. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was the fastest from the group, claiming 3rd at the line. Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) put on the pink jersey after the stage.