Brandon McNulty, the king of the Il Giro di Sicilia
24 hours after his first pro victory, Brandon McNulty (Rally-UHC) claimed the General Classification of Il Giro di Sicilia ahead of the winner of the final stage, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert) and Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec).
The first part of today’s stage saw a breakaway of 13 riders, brought back to the peloton 32km from the finish, led by the drive of Gazprom. On the first slopes of the Etna, first Simone Velasco and then Odd Christian Eiking tried to go solo, but with no success. In the final kilometers only five riders remained ahead: Guillaume Martin, Dayer Quintana, Fausto Masnada, Aleksandr Vlasov and the GC leader, McNulty. After an attack by Quintana, Martin launched the decisive move 1,600 meters from the line, winning stage 4 ahead of Masnada and Quintana, who arrived 10 and 13 seconds after the French rider. McNulty, fourth, has kept the jersey.
1 – Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling)
2 – Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team) at 42″
3 – Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) at 56″
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)
1 – Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team) 128km in 3h37’34”, average speed 35.299kph
2 – Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) at 10″
3 – Dayer Quintana (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM) at 13″