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LPR Brakes rode stage four defensively

Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) kept out of trouble in stage four's finale

Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) kept out of trouble in stage four's finale (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Italian Team LPR Brakes rode the finale of Giro d'Italia stage four defensively for its team leaders, 2007 Giro winner Danilo Di Luca and two-time Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli. The team, who hit the front in the final kilometres of the 183-kilometre stage that was dominated by the solo escape of Belgium's Rik Verbrugghe, did so to avoid being involved in crashes similar to those of stage three.

"The last kilometres of a race are the most nervous and insidious," it confirmed in a press release. "It's in an attempt to avoid the crashes, keeping command of the race with the experience of Di Luca and Savoldelli."

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