Stage 4, the last of Il Giro di Sicilia Open Fiber. The four-stage race, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport in conjunction with the Sicilian Region and scheduled from 3 to 6 April, will end today with the stage from Giardini Naxos to Etna (Nicolosi) with 128km culminating with the climb of Mount Etna, the final judge of Il Giro di Sicilia.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 103 riders passed km 0 at 13:00. Did not start: dossards number 5, Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides (UAE Team Emirates) and number 113, Luca Pacioni (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM).
Giardini Naxos (13:00 – Start): Scattered clouds 16°C. Wind: weak – 6kmh, NWN.
Etna (Nicolosi – 16.30 – Approx. Finish): Variable 3°C. Wind: weak – 8kmh, NNE.
Follow the race live on Giro di Sicilia website: http://ilgirodisicilia.it/en/live-2/
1 – Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling)
2 – Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team) at 59″
3 – Giovanni Visconti (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM) at 1’02”
Maglia Rossa e Gialla (red and yellow), general classification leader, sponsored by the Sicilian Region – Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by NamedSport – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
Maglia Verde Pistacchio (pistacchio green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Cantine Cellaro – Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by the Ufficio Nazionale Israeliano del Turismo – citiesbreak.com – Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling) – Jersey worn by Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 17 points are available for the points classification, and 15 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 4 – GIARDINI NAXOS – ETNA (Nicolosi) – 128km
The final stage is characterised by two distinct sections: the first goes around Mount Etna reaching the commune of Maletto at 1,000m, site of the KOM. There starts a long descent, always around the volcano, until the onset of the final climb that starts in Nicolosi. Once near the race finale, the course goes along several narrow town roads.
The final climb, on wide and well-paved road, has an average gradient of approx. 6%, with no punchy bits. The road winds its way along wide hairpins for nearly 20km. There is a mild counter-slope with 500m to go, before the final U-turn (250m before the finish). Here, the road goes up again along the home stretch (200m, 3% uphill grade), leading to the finish line, on 7m wide asphalt road.