Chris Froome loses more time in Giro d’Italia

Chris Froome‘s difficult start to the Giro d’Italia continued as the Team Sky rider suffered another setback on Tuesday’s stage 4, finding himself delayed and blocked at exactly the wrong moment in the final kilometre and losing some time to the rest of the favourites.

The Team Sky rider was caught out by what he told Cyclingnews had been “a bit of a hold up against the barriers” in the final kilometre, “at what was quite a critical moment” and finished 30th on the stage to the hilltop town of Caltagirone.

The final run-in of stage 4 was a relentless succession of narrow, urban roads, curves, short climbs and technical downhill sections, culminating with a sharp little ascent – all in all a typically fraught Giro finish.

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As a result of the incident, Froome lost 21 seconds to the stage winner Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) as well as 17 seconds to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team).

Froome is now placed 20th overall, 55 seconds down on race leader Dennis, and 54 seconds behind defending Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).

“It was a tough day, the guys did a good job just keeping me at the front and unfortunately just before the final I got caught in a bit of a hold up against the barriers in the last kilometre,” Froome told Cyclingnews after his post-stage warm down in a carpark on the outskirts of Caltagirone.

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