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  • The peloton is stretched again over hundreds of metres. Just over 15kms remaining and the lead is down to 32 seconds. It's BMC and Tinkoff-Saxo on the front at the moment, not the main sprint teams.
    5/11/2014 2:57:44 PM
  • Leading group and peloton in the same camera shot now. Yonder Godoy looks around and knows his long day in front is about to come to an end.
    5/11/2014 3:00:58 PM
  • Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli) getting running repairs to his bike at the back of the peloton as everything is about to come back together. The group has slowed right down though and letting the leading five men hang off the front.
    5/11/2014 3:02:54 PM
  • Cecchinel appears keen to battle on but Rubiano has given up so the lead group is down to four.
    5/11/2014 3:04:33 PM
  • Cecchinel has gone for it on his own - the other three have given up.
    5/11/2014 3:07:14 PM
  • The peloton is stretched out wide across the road with 7.5kms remaining. Cecchinel's brave solo bid is over as Giant-Shimano, Belkin and Astana ride past.
    5/11/2014 3:09:04 PM
  • Trouble for Nicholas Roche, who has a flat tyre and only has a few kilometres left to chase back in. What an awful few days for the Irish riders on home soil. He should make it back though
    5/11/2014 3:11:08 PM
  • Now they are racing. The speed has really picked up in the last 2kms.
    5/11/2014 3:11:41 PM
  • Cannondale and Giant Shimano press on. It's windy but dry for the tricky finish which includes a nasty chicane - there are a few wet patches on the road just to make things even harder. Big sprint to come
    5/11/2014 3:13:31 PM
  • 3kms remain and Kittel is beautifully positioned on the back of the Giant Shimano train. Cannondale take Viviani to the other side of the road.
    5/11/2014 3:14:54 PM
  • Bernie Eisel hits the front so maybe Swift is ready for a big go today.
    5/11/2014 3:15:54 PM
  • Cannondale on the front going into the final kilometre
    5/11/2014 3:16:47 PM
  • Through the chicane with Boasson Hagen leading
    5/11/2014 3:17:42 PM
  • Kittel on the line grabs Ben Swift. So close to a massive victory for the Team Sky man
    5/11/2014 3:18:17 PM
  • Two from two for the big German sprinter, who showed his dominance coming from some way back in the line to deny Swift what would have been a superb victory. Looked like Viviani in third ahead of Appolonio, Bouhanni and Boasson Hagen.
    5/11/2014 3:19:35 PM
  • Three stages down in the Giro and two have them have been 'won' by birthday boys - Svein Tuft wore pink after the team time-trial on his 37th birthday and Kittel turned 26 today. 
    5/11/2014 3:26:56 PM


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  • 5/11/2014 3:31:53 PM
  • That's the Irish part of the 2014 Giro d'Italia done and dusted. The teams will all be heading back to Italy tonight and tomorrow and the race restarts on Tuesday with another flat stage, a short 112km run from Giovinazzo to Bari before the territory starts to kick up a little with uphill finishes on Wednesday and Thursday.
    5/11/2014 3:36:14 PM
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  • There was another split in the peloton today, which explains Petacchi moving up to second place overall. The split came after 32 riders, with Michele Scarponi and Rafal Majka the main GC contenders to be on the right side of it. All the others lost 11 seconds and one of Joaquim Rodriguez's chief lieutenants Daniel Moreno trailed in two-and-a-half minutes behind. Awaiting confirmation of the overall top 10 as well because it seems Cam Meyer finished last on the road.
    5/11/2014 3:51:34 PM
  • Meyer's name has been removed from the top 10 now, shame for him as he seemed to be riding well until a crash in the final 20kms today. Ben Swift is the best placed Team Sky rider now in 20th overall, 29 seconds behind Michael Matthews.

    And that's all for now. We'll be back on Tuesday after the first rest day of the race.
    5/11/2014 3:59:40 PM
  • Welcome along to our live coverage of stage four of the Giro d'Italia, which takes the riders 112km from Giovinazzo to Bari. The race is back in Italy, but the rain has still been falling. We'll bring you up to speed now with what's been happening so far today...
    5/13/2014 2:02:32 PM
  • Firstly, here's the profile of today's stage...

    5/13/2014 2:02:51 PM
  • There are two big stories today so far:

    - Marcel Kittel, winner of stages two and three, has abandoned the race through illness. The German fell ill with a fever overnight and did not start stage four.

    - The stage has been neutralised so far due to heavy rain earlier on the course. The riders have just started racing again, but there is no breakaway.
    5/13/2014 2:05:46 PM
  • Spoke to soon there ... Orica-GreenEdge have just re-neutralised the stage again. The rain has stopped and the road in Bari, where the riders are now, had been drying, but they obviously aren't yet safe enough in the riders' opinion.
    5/13/2014 2:07:48 PM
  • We're inside 50km to go now and the riders are still going at a crawling pace. The stage ends with eight laps of a flat 8km circuit in Bari and the racing right now should be frantic, but it's all very sedate. Orica-GreenEdge seem to be calling the shots on the front of the peloton, and everyone else seem to be happy to follow their lead.
    5/13/2014 2:17:54 PM
  • It seems that the idea is to take it steady all the way to the final lap, and then anyone who wants to contest the sprint finish can do so. It's just being reported now that the general classification times for the day will be taken from the bell before the final lap.
    5/13/2014 2:19:55 PM
  • Team Sky's Bernie Eisel has just ridden to the head of the peloton to have a chat with the race commissaires. Luca Paolini, of Katusha, had earlier done the same. Lots of discussion between the riders and the men who make the rules.
    5/13/2014 2:22:15 PM
  • Looks like the commissaires are keen to get the riders racing and the pace has just picked up slightly. The front of the peloton is still one one wide wall of riders, though, and there is no sign of any attacks.
    5/13/2014 2:23:19 PM
  • Just a quick reminder of how the general classification looks:

    1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 10:06:37
    2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +8
    3 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC, +10
    4 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, +14
    5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica-GreenEdge, same time
    6 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    7 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +19
    9 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    5/13/2014 2:24:18 PM
  • 41km and five laps to go now and still no racing... Orica-GreenEdge controlling the pace at the head of affairs
    5/13/2014 2:28:04 PM
  • The peloton is starting to string out again now but it's still not 100 per cent full gas. Cannondale have moved to the front and upped the pace. Remember, GC times will be taken at the end of the penultinate lap.
    5/13/2014 2:36:01 PM
  • The riders have just contested the intermediate sprint, despite the official word being that there would be no points and time bonuses on offer. The riders must not have got the message. For what it's worth, Elia Viviani (Cannondale) pipped Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida). Ben Swift, of Team Sky, looked to be fifth.
    5/13/2014 2:38:19 PM
  • That makes more sense - it looks like there were points on offer at that intermediate sprint, but no bonus seconds. The result was:

    1 Elia Viviani
    2 Giacomo Nizzolo
    3 Roberto Ferrari
    5/13/2014 2:39:27 PM
  • The pace is right back up to full tilt now and it's Orica-GreenEdge driving it on. Three laps to go now.
    5/13/2014 2:47:58 PM
  • Ben Swift will be eager to make up for agonisingly losing out on that final sprint in Stage Three, and Sky Bet offer 6/1 on him to win Stage Four. Bet in-running here.
    5/13/2014 2:49:31 PM
  • The roads seem to be bone dry now, although it's difficult to tell. There could still be wet spots here and there.
    5/13/2014 2:52:45 PM
  • Poor old Albert Timmer, of Giant-Shimano, has just punctured twice in the space of about 2km. That's pretty unfortunate. Giant-Shimano still have a big sprint interest here at the Giro despite Kittel's exit, because Luka Mezgec is in action. He'll want Timmer back up at the front pronto.
    5/13/2014 2:56:21 PM
  • The peloton has just crossed the finish line again so just two laps to go now.
    5/13/2014 2:57:44 PM
  • Big problems for Nacer Bouhanni, the FDJ sprinter. He's just had to stop and is now fighting his way back on to the rear end of the peloton. That will burn a lot of energy - and that is if he does manage to get back on.He's got one team-mate with him.
    5/13/2014 3:01:31 PM
  • Bouhanni sits in behind his team car to get a tow and is promptly told by the race commissaires to carry on under his own steam. He might be in trouble for that a bit later.
    5/13/2014 3:02:59 PM
  • Two laps to go (-16km). #MovistarTeam now more cautious with their position, but not losing focus at all. #Giro http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnhihOeIcAA6fnX.png

  • Looks like Bouhanni has just got back on to the rear of the peloton. He'll now grab a quick breather before moving back towards the front. Orica-GreenEdge still driving the pace on the front of the bunch.
    5/13/2014 3:04:29 PM
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