Giro d’Italia – Stage 4 TTT – Garmin takes it all

The fourth stage of the Giro ran today with a very long 33.6km Team Time Trial. After just four days of racing, nothing has been won but certainly with all this time trialing, there has been some serious damage done to the hopes of many likely GC podium finishers. There were a number of story-lines to follow today with the biggest being the form of the pink jersey – Taylor Phinney. The result for Phinney was less than ideal as he seemed to struggle keeping pace on some of the climbs and then rode off the road at another point. The fact BMC only lost 31 seconds is impressive, but Phinney did lose his pink jersey to Garmin’s Navardauskas as Garmin took both the stage and the leader’s jersey.

The other big story is how the TTT affects GC ambitions. I love the beauty of the discipline but I’m not the biggest fan of it’s influence on the race. It was good news today for the likes of Ryder Hesjdal (GRM), Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT) and Roman Kreuziger (AST). However, it was pretty disastrous for Michele Scarponi (LAM), John Gadret (ALM) and Mikel Nieve (EUS) who just added further seconds to the big losses they’ve seen in the time trial.

Tomorrow’s 209km stage is another one for the sprinters. Maybe Mark Cavendish and Roberto Ferrari will chat on the way to the finish line? Farrar should be in play as well and we may see our third Pink jersey wearer in five days of racing if he can grab bonus time.

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 4 Top Ten
1. GARMIN – BARRACUDA____37’4″
2. KATUSHA TEAM__________+5″
3. ASTANA PRO TEAM_______+22″
4. TEAM SAXO BANK________+22″
5. OMEGAPHARMA QUICKSTEP_+24″
6. ORICA – GREENEDGE_____+25″
7. LIQUIGAS – CANNONDALE_+26″
8. RADIOSHACK – NISSAN___+28″
9. SKY PROCYCLING________+30″
10. BMC RACING TEAM______+31″

Complete Stage 4 results: Gazzetta Official

General Classification after Stage 4
1. Ramunas Navardauskas (GRM)___10h01’53”
2. Tyler Farrar (GRM)___________+10″
3. Robert Hunter (GRM)__________+10″
4. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_______+11″
5. Taylor Phinney (BMC)_________+13″
6. Manuele Baoro (SAX)__________+19″
7. Geraint Thomas (SKY)_________+21″
8. Sebastian Rossler (GRM)______+25″
9. Christian Vandevelde (GRM____+26″
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+30″

26. Roman Kreuziger (AST)________+40″

33. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_____________+47″

68. Frank Schleck (RNT)__________+1’09”

83. Damiano Cunego (LAM)_________+1’19”

85. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_______+1’22”

142. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’43”

155. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’23”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

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