Filippo Ganna Lights Up Finale of Stage Four

  • 07 May 24
  • race Report

Filippo Ganna launched a massive attack with four kilometres remaining in stage four of the Giro D’Italia to come within a few hundred metres of claiming the victory in Andora. 

The early stages of the day were characterised by the wet and slippy roads, with several crashes taking riders out of the race. Jhonatan Narvaez and Tobias Foss were caught up amongst the falls, but were easily able to carry on.

Into the finale and the team amassed at the front of the field, with Connor and Ben Swift putting in huge turns to lead into the foot of the Capo Mele. Here, Ganna launched out of the bunch and quickly had a gap on the rest of the peloton. 

The Italian had a small but significant gap over the top of the climb, but as the sprint trains surged, he would be caught with just 600 metres remaining.

“We wanted to try something at this climb so close to the finish. It was a great effort by [Ganna] but obviously it’s always going to be hard holding off a raging peloton.
Geraint Thomas
“It was sketchy at times but we were good and at the front in the top 10 the whole time, so it was okay. I can imagine it was pretty carnage behind, especially over the top with all the fog as well. It was quite dodgy for the first couple of kilometres. Luckily it passed and then it was just the wet roads.”
Geraint Thomas