• Rigoberto Uran was one of the riders caught out by the accelerations on the road to La Spezia.
The overall classification is beginning to take shape after just four stages of this year's Giro d'Italia, and while many of the expected contenders are rising to the top, some, like Rigoberto Uran are already reeling.
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Cycling Central

13 May 2015 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 13 May 2015 - 10:07 AM

Of the five big favourites for this year's Giro; Richie Porte (Team Sky), Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Fabio Aru (Astana) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r), only three have had an unevenful opening foray into their Italian campaigns. Pozzovivo crashed badly on Stage 3, and was forced to abandon the race, while Uran shed 42 seconds on the road to La Spezia, after failing to follow the accelerations of Astana, and Aru on the Passo del Termine, on a surprisingly challenging stage.

Contador, who shrugged off Aru's aggression with ease is sitting pretty in fourth overall after Tinkoff-Saxo's respectable Team Time Trial ride, and the Italian himself is not far behind in fifth. Porte has ridden conservatively in the opening four days, and but for a slightly under-par performance from his Team Sky in the TTT, he holds a comfortable top-10 position.

Aru showed some of his form with his speculative moves on Stage 4 but at present, we've seen little other than poker faces from Porte and Contador. Ahead of another tough stage, Contador, Aru, Uran and Porte talked about the day's racing.

Alberto Contador 9th on Stage 4, 4th on GC

"It was a fast and hard day again but the team was fantastic once more. My sensations were good and I felt well on the climb – this is important. The entire team did a good job today and we saved energy as a result of having Roman in the breakaway controlling the race from the front. In the finale, I had Roman in front of me and Rogers right with me until the last climb, where we caught the group with Roman.

"It was a very tough stage," he concluded, and expects more of the same on Stage 5, the race's first summit finish.

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Richie Porte 10th on Stage 4, 10th on GC

Porte was on the defensive throughout the stage but looked comfortable when called to make the big efforts. He said he was happy with the day's ride, and acknowledged just how tough the race had been for everyone in the peloton.

"It was by far the hardest stage so far. I think Astana today were absolutely incredible. Very impressive. I think without them maybe the race was already lost. It's good it feels like the Giro has really started."

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Fabio Aru 6th on Stage 4, 5th on GC

The big animator of the day Aru was humble about his efforts, praising his team, and despite the easy in which he seemed to accelerate, said it had been a difficult stage.

"Congratulations to my team today, I think everybody saw that the ragazzi were excellent, they really did the maximum to help me, they did a great job and I have to thank them so much. We looked to do what we could today but there are 17 stages to come and we have to stay alert.”

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Rigoberto Uran 21st on Stage 4

The day's biggest loser among the major contenders, Colombian Rigoberto Uran admitted he just didn't have it when the moves went.

"It was really high speed. When Astana set the tempo in the last 65 kilometers I was able to sit in the wheel. All was going well, but in the last climb I suffered a bit and couldn’t follow when Aru accelerated. At that point I tried to set my tempo and lose as little time as possible going into the finish. It wasn’t a super day for me, but tomorrow is another day. The climb of Abetone is a different kind of climb so we will see how things go tomorrow (Stage 5)."

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Giro d'Italia broadcast details
SBS will broadcast every stage of the Giro d'Italia live. When possible, we will also live stream the race online here at Cycling Central before the television broadcast begins. In addition to morning highlights online, there will be highlights every day at 6pm on SBS 2.