Giro d'Italia: Which GC contenders lost time on stage 4

SESTOLA ITALY MAY 11 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 4 a 187km stage from Piacenza to Sestola 1020m Rain girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 11 2021 in Sestola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) was one of the GC winners of stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia was the toughest day of racing yet, taking in 187 kilometers, over 3,000 metres of elevation, and hours of terrible weather on the road to Sestola in the northern Apennines.

The day was always going to be the first major general classification flashpoint of the race, with the 4.3-kilometer, 9.9 per cent Colle Passerino coming two kilometers from the finish, and it did not disappoint.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
7Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
8Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:04
10Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:14
11Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:15
12Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:19
13Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:20
15Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:25
16Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange
18Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:32
19Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:00:39
20Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:00:41
21Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:44
22Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
23Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:46
24Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:48
25Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:51
26Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52
27Jai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM 0:00:56
29Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:05
34George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:46
42João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:14

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix