FRASCATI – Movistar’s Giro d’Italia contender Richard Carapaz won stage four on Tuesday as a mass fall in the peloton seven kilometres from the finishing post cost 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin a devastating four minutes in the overall standings.
Dumoulin came second at both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in 2018, as well as winning the 2017 Giro and the 2017 world championships time-trial, making him a chief contender in all major tours and races.
The fall saw a small group of 11 riders get away from the peloton, including overall leader Primoz Roglic and two of his chief contenders to win the Giro, Britain’s Simon Yates and Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez.
Ecuador’s Carapaz made a long-range sprint for the line from more than 400 metres out, with only Australia’s Caleb Ewan and UAE’s Diego Ulissi capable of challenging and ending second and third respectively.
Roglic, a former ski jumper, finished two seconds behind this trio, gaining 16 seconds on all his chief rivals for the 2019 title.