Tim Wellens does what he came for in Caltagirone

The Belgian sprinted everyone out of his Helium SLX wheel on the first hilly finish of this year’s Giro
This is why Tim Wellens came to the Giro d’Italia. The Belgian has won the first hilly finish stage in Caltagirone by sprinting everyone out of his Helium SLX wheel. A super strong victory and an extraordinary highlight after just missing the pink jersey on Friday with Victor Campenaerts.

Stage 4 was the first back on Italian soil after the start in Israel. Between Catania and Caltagirone the peloton had to ride 202 km, which was in advantage of the big names. Five riders escaped from the bunch, but their gap never was much bigger than 3 minutes. Lotto Soudal, Team UAE and BMC controlled the pace in the peloton to keep the leaders in sight.

With about 20 kilometers to go several teams started to go to pull at the front, knowing that positioning was key in today’s arrival. Nervousness rose as the finish line got closer. In the meantime the breakaway group was caught. A few moments before the final climb Tosh Van der Sande took the lead in the peloton and he went so hard the five riders split off, containing race favorite Tim Wellens. The rest of the bunch managed to close the gap, but Wellens was positioned perfectly. LottoNL-Jumbo rider Battaglin was the first to attack, taking Wellens in his wheel. The Belgian took over, Woods could follow, but the Canadian from EF-Drapac only saw Wellens back when crossing the finish line.

A super strong victory and an extraordinary highlight for the Lotto Soudal team after just missing the pink jersey in the opening stage with 2 seconds. Thanks to his win he climbed up to the 4th position in the GC. Tomorrow the riders get to conquer a similar stage, but with the race to the Etna one day later attackers might see their chance. 

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