Kama triumphs at Mount Etna after a tough race to catch up

Juan Pedro Lopez takes Giroud to the front


Leonard Camna defeated Mount Etna ahead of Juan Pedro López who took the lead | Photo: Cor Vos

10/05-2022 | (rsn) – Leonard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia from a leading group. Triumph on the mountain’s arrival at Mount Etna against Juan Pedro López (Trek – Segafredo) and Ren Tarama (Intermarche – Wanti – Joubert Matero). Lopez took the pink shirt. Ranking engines walked across the finish line together. Three Favors had to bury their ambitions early.

Kamna was part of a leading group of 14 players who got off to a solid enough start from the favorite teams to win the stage between them. On Mount Etna, however, he had to go on a hunt because Lopez was able to separate from his fugitive comrades early on. “The last hill was really long and hard. When Lopez got away and we had 30, 40 seconds left, I thought he was already lost. But I was able to level the gap again,” Kamna said, describing the difficulty, the last few kilometres.

With effort, Kamna reconnected 2.5 kilometers before the end. Diplomatically, Kamna revealed what he and López discussed after the merger: “I tried to recover a bit for the sake of a sprint. We had a quiet deal.” The last corner, about 200 meters before the finish, at Lopez was miscalculated and almost crashed into a lunatic.

“We are on the right track at Giro”

“I am very happy because I actually got the win in my pocket. The win puts pressure on us so much and we are absolutely on the right track in this Giro,” Kamna sounded upbeat on the next track of the Tour. For Bora – hansgrohe it was a successful day, as the trio of Wilko Kieldermann, Jay Hindley and Emmanuel Buchmann finished the favorites group without any problems even Buchmann tried to attack between them.

Perhaps even the pink jersey, which Lopez took charge of today, is within Kamna’s reach. “I got the jersey and I’m so happy. I don’t know how many days are left, but I’m going to enjoy it. I can’t quite believe it yet. I tried to get away on the steepest part, where I managed to make a difference. The last few kilometers have been around the sprint,” Lopez said, describing the ending.

Van der Poel is far behind

The Spaniard is 39sec ahead of Kämna and 58sec over Taaramäe in the overall standings. Richard Karabaz (Ineos Grenadiers) led the group of candidates to the finish, with their assistants controlling the pace of the climb. On the other hand, Astana Kazakhstan experienced a black day. After the fall, Miguel Angel Lopez had to withdraw from the race, while Vincenzo Nibali lost contact early on the final climb. Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma) also had to bury his general classification ambitions early on.

Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were also involved in the crash as was Lopez but managed to continue. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix) still leads the enemy classification. By winning the stage, Kamna also took possession of the mountain jersey. In addition to the general ranking, Lopez also leads the junior ranking, Bora – hansgrohe in the team ranking.

This is how the race went:

Thomas de Gendt (Loto-Sudal) and Matthew van der Poel, among others, tried unsuccessfully to create a splinter group in the first few kilometers. After only about 15 kilometers, Kamna, Lopez, and Tarama, along with Stefano Oldani (Alpsin – Phoenix), Valerio Conte (Astana Kazakhstan), David Villella, Remy Rocas (Cofidis), and Diego Andrés Camargo (EF Education – Eze) could Post), Eric Vetter (EOLO – Kometa), Alexander Catafort (Israel – Premier Tech), Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo – Visma), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), and Lilian Calmejani (Team AG2R). Citroën).

The breakaway group of 14 contestants was able to increase their lead by a maximum of 7:40 minutes. In the field, the Ineos Grenadiers and Bahrain-Victorious had no interest in closing the gap. Calmejane won his first sprint rating. Shortly before the second enemy classification, Oldani moved away. Shortly after starting the last climb, he extended his advance to a maximum of 45 seconds. Behind them, Kämna, Lopez, Taaramäe, Moniquet, Vansevenant and Leemreize formed the first hunt group.

Roughly 12 kilometers before the finish, Lopez broke away from the Kamna group and passed Oldani shortly thereafter. Nine kilometers before the end, Kamna attacked for the first time. Oldani and Leemreize were passed while Taaramäe got into trouble. Along with Moniquet and Vansevenant, who was fighting for his hypothetical total leadership at the time, Kämna tried to close the gap to Lopez, which increased to 40 seconds.

In the last difficult section, six kilometers before the end, Kamna got rid of the two comrades. In the last few kilometers he made his way up to Lopez meter after meter in strong transverse winds until he finally reached a distance of about two kilometres. By this time, the Taaramäe Retriever had already passed the Vansevenant and Moniquet. However, the Estonian was not able to close the 30-second gap in front of Kamna and Lopez.

On the last flat kilometer, the sprint cam started from the front. On the last corner, Lopez misdirected and lost contact. Taaramäe took third place, followed by Moniquet, Vansevenant and Leemreize. In the group of candidates, Ineos Grenadiers dominated what was going on in the climb and neutralized Buchmann’s attack. Carabaz won the favorite group race.

Domenenko Pozofevo and Jan Hurt (Intermarchy – Wanty – Joubert Matero) lost 19 seconds to the rest of the classification drivers. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) was 31 seconds behind the group of candidates, while Nibali, Lorenzo Fortunato (Iolo-Comita) and Tobias Voss (Jumbo-Visma) conceded 2:15.

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