• Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) won his second stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Stage 4 victor, Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) snatched a win from Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) in another atypical stage of the Giro.
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Cycling Central

19 May 2016 - 2:36 AM  UPDATED 19 May 2016 - 8:37 AM

The general classification remains unchanged. Jungels holds the lead with Amador 24 seconds in arrears. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) retained third despite finishing with a small group 13 seconds behind the trio at the front.

The 227 kilometre course was completely flat until the final 23 kilometres. Then came the fourth category climb of Forcella Mostaccin, which had a maximum gradient 16 per cent, the hills of Monfumo and Castelcucco, and the final hill in Asolo at five kilometres before a final descent to the finish line.

A crash in the final 25 kilometres totally changed the complexion of the race and held up around 80 riders including many of the puncheurs and sprinters targeting the stage. 

A small group of overall favourites raced off the front scooping up Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM), the final escapee from the day's breakaway, on the crest of the final category four Forcella Mostaccin 19 kilometres before the finish in Asolo.  

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE) attacked on the descent. They were rejoined by Steven Kruijskwijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Davide Formolo (Cannondale), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Jungels and Amador.

Amador then launched a cheeky move with 13 kilometres to race. Holding only a 26 second overall advantage to the Movistar rider, Jungels immediately followed to defend the maglia rosa. 

Present among the favourites after a successful chase on the descent, Ulissi bridged the gap to Jungels and Amador with 4.5 kilometres to go. The trio appeared to work together before Ulissi launched the sprint that won him his second stage victory of the event.

“Amador and Jungels were riding very fast in the front of the race. I was aware that I should have tried to attack on the final hill if I would have wanted to bridge the gap,” Ulissi said.

“I worked to reach them, then I found good cooperation from Jungels and I could perform a perfect sprint," he said.

Ulissi sits 10th in the general classification, two minutes and 27 seconds behind Jungels.

"I didn't know the Maglia Rosa could give me so much power and inspiration," Jungels said. "When I saw the opportunity to get away from the group of favourites, I made my move. At the end I tried to gain as many seconds as I could in order to keep the Maglia Rosa as long as I can."