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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 4

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 Hello and welcome to the start of stage 4 of the Corsa Rosa. 

The riders are lining up in the sun in Catanzaro and will soon begin the neutralised sector.  

 

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) is on the front row in the pink jersey. He also has pink touches on his shoes and pink par tape on his bike.

 

It seems that everyone has made it to Italy from Netherlands and enjoyed the first rest/travel day.

 

The crowds are huge in Catanzaro as the Calabrian city hosts a stage start for the first time.

 

The riders are riding the 7.5km transfer to Km 0. 

 

That means they will ride a total of 207.5km today. We will have coverage of all the action.

 

The stage is a day for the sprinters but the rolling finale will be making for an exciting race. 

 

The official road book describes the stage as 'wavy'.

The stage is wavy, but the first 120 km are virtually uncomplicated.

The route winds its way along wide fast-flow roads, with a few tunnels in between. Past Cetraro Marina, the route takes in the Bonifati climb and dives into the ss. 18, then it leaves the trunk road to tackle the second categorised climb of the day in San Pietro (with high gradients along the first half).

The route grows harder after the intermediate sprint in Scalea, with many climbs and descents, and twists and turns that lead into the final 10 kilometres. 

 

The sun is out for the first stage in Italy, with temperatures of between 24-26C. however there is a slight breeze from the sea that could help any attacks to break up the peloton and distance the sprinters. 

 

 The riders have enjoyed a gentle descent from the centre of Catanzaro to the official race start in the valley. The flag will soon drop and we can expect the first attacks.   

#Giro The riders are now officially underway! Good luck @Lotto_Soudal! #liveyourdream

@Lotto_Soudal Tue, 10th May 2016 10:23:30

 

We have some early images of Kittel in the pink jersey via social media. It seems he has also gone for pink gloves and a pink helmet, as well as pink bar tape. 

 

 

Here's another image of Kittel in pink as the riders roll out of the start.