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Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates up to third as Tim Wellens wins stage four

Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates up to third as Tim Wellens wins stage four

Wellens won his only other Grand Tour stage at the 2016 Giro d'ItaliaBritain's Simon Yates made up ground on overall leader Rohan Dennis as Tim Wellens won a tough uphill sprint on stage four of the Giro d'Italia.The first stage on Italian soil, after three in Israel, finished with a 1km climb that saw Belgian Wellens hold off the challenge of Michael Woods.Yates came fourth, four seconds before Dennis, to move up to third overall.
Fellow Briton Chris Froome finished 23 seconds behind Wellens and Yates to slip 57 seconds behind Dennis.Australian BMC Racing rider Dennis retained the overall lead by one second from defending champion Tom Dumoulin.The finishing climb in Caltagirone, which featured a section with a gradient of 13%, was expected to produce splits in the peloton. And so it proved, with Froome among the big losers.More to follow.
Stage four result
Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto Fix All) 5hr 17min 34secs
Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First-Drapac) Same time
Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL-Jumbo)
Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)
Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe)
Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Mitchelton-Scott) +4secs
Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time
Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana)
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain Merida)
Esteban Chaves (Col/Mithchelton-Scott)
General classification after stage four
Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC) 14hrs 23mins 08secs
Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +01secs
Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +17secs
Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto Fix All) +19secs
Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) +25secs
Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) +28secs
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time
Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +34secs
Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +35secs
Carlos Betancur (Col/Movistar Team) Same time
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