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Juanpe López: a Spaniard wears pink again at the Giro seven years later

the german cyclist Lennard Kamna (BORA-hansgrohe) has won this Tuesday the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, disputed between Avola and Etna over 172 kilometers, in a pulse against the Spanish Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo), who despite losing the partial victory takes the provisional leadership and goes on to wear the pink jersey.

Juanpe López entered the lose control of the bike in the last corner, very close, when trying to overtake Kamna. The German took the stage victory, yes, but the young Spanish cyclist from Lebrija, the most explosive on the climb to the Italian volcano, was more than rewarded for his effort.

The Sevillian, trained in part in the team of the foundation of Alberto counter, takes over from his teacher from Pinto as the last Spaniard to wear the pink jersey of the Giro in its 105th edition. And he will do it with a 39-second margin over Kamna thanks to his attack from the strongest group in a large breakaway where those without legs got carried away.

Quite the opposite of Juan Pedro López, who was brave. With 12 kilometers to go he changed his pace and headed for a Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix) who was the head of the race. He passed him and went solo, but Kamna moved soon after and managed to get to the Spaniard.

They rode the last two kilometers as a couple and fought for victory, despite the fact that they could have agreed the stage for the German and the lead for the Spaniard. The truth is that both were the strongest in a large breakaway that had the approval of the pack of favourites, from which the leader, until now, fell off the hook soon, on the final climb of almost 40 kilometres. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).

That group of favourites, who were disappointed by the lack of attacks in the hen house, finally arrived at 2:37 with Richard Carapaz in front. His team, the INEOS Grenadiers, set a strong pace but no one attacked them, and neither did Carapaz try to go it alone in this first grand final on the top.

After this long volcanic effort, this Wednesday the Italian round will loosen up somewhat in a fifth stage between Catania and Messina, 174 kilometers long and with a second category port (Portella Mandrazzi) at its equator. After a long descent, there will presumably be a massive sprint in the fight for stage victory.

Who will no longer be in the race this Wednesday is Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who retired for the fourth consecutive time in the corsican pink. This time, after a small pile-up at the beginning of the stage, he chose to put his foot down as he came home already touched, annoyed, on his left hip.

Superman López is a favorite for the final victory who retires and, despite continuing in the race, another contender for the pink jersey as Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), who was third overall before this stage, left a minute (9:10) and practically his options. The pace of INEOS did make Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) or Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché) also lose time.

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