Tim Wellens wins stage four of the Giro d’Italia as Chris Froome struggles

• Belgian lives up to expectations on gruelling 202km stage
• Chris Froome falls away on steep finish and loses 23 seconds

Belgium’s Tim Wellens lived up to expectations when he won the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 202km gruelling ride from Catania with a steep finish that led to Chris Froome losing time.

After three days in Israel and a rest day, the Giro reached Italian soil, with Wellens tipped as a favourite for the stage. The Lotto-Soudal rider was on the right end of a late split and he sustained his effort on an 800m climb up an average gradient of almost 10% to the finish line. He beat Canada’s Michael Woods, who was seconds ahead of the Italian Enrico Bataglin.

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