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Summary

  1. Tim Wellens wins stage four in Caltagirone
  2. GB's Simon Yates fourth on stage in Sicily
  3. First stage in Italy after three in Israel

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    After a fairly dull stage two and three in Israel, the first stage in Italy of this year's Giro d'Italia didn't disappoint with a testing course and a thrilling finale.

    Belgium's Tim Wellens the biggest winner by claiming the stage, but a huge result for Rohan Dennis, keeping the maglia rosa, and Tom Dumoulin and Simon Yates putting time into Chris Froome.

    The report of stage four is building here.

    Look out for the Bespoke podcast available later here.

    And join us tomorrow for stage five. Want to know what the course looks like? Well our stage-by-stage guide is here.

    Cheers.

  2. Post update

    So Froome finds himself nearly a minute off on GC after failing to stay with the leading pack on that punchy finishing climb in Caltagirone.

    The Briton has never been that comfortable on short, sharp climbs - losing the yellow jersey to Fabio Aru on one such rise at the end of stage 12 of last year's Tour de France.

    But the likes of Tom Dumoulin and Simon Yates were able to keep themselves in contention and have already established a potentially vital advantage over Froome.

  3. Post update

    Chris Froome started today five seconds back on Tim Wellens and lost 23 further seconds to the Belgian stage winner in the finale.

    By my calculations, that means Froome is now 57 seconds down on race leader Rohan Dennis.

    Not a great start to this Giro by any means for the four-time Tour de France winner.

  4. General classification top 10 after stage four

    1. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC) 14hrs 23mins 08secs
    2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +01secs
    3. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +17secs
    4. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto Fix All) +19secs
    5. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) +25secs
    6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) +28secs
    7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time
    8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +34secs
    9. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +35secs
    10. Carlos Betancur (Col/Movistar Team) Same time
  5. DENNIS RETAINS MAGLIA ROSA

    BMC's Rohan Dennis has put in a supreme ride and retained the leader's pink jersey.

    The Aussie was not among the favourites for this finish but was protected well by his team and kept pace with the punchiest climbers in the peloton.

    Britain's Simon Yates moves up to third overall, with Tom Dumoulin second.

  6. Stage four top 10

    1. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto Fix All)
    2. Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First-Drapac
    3. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL-Jumbo)
    4. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)
    5. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Mitchelton-Scott)
    7. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    8. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana)
    9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain Merida)
    10. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mithchelton-Scott)
  7. Post update

    Chris Froome lost 23 seconds to stage winner Tim Wellens today.

    That means he'll have lost time to his rivals for the overall too. Confirmation of the time gaps to come.

  8. Post update

    It looks like Chris Froome was caught behind a split and could well have lost time today.

    Simon Yates has had a much better day and finished fourth on the stage, in the same time as winner Tim Wellens.

  9. BreakingWELLENS WINS STAGE FOUR

    And Tim Wellens times his final dig brilliantly, swinging round Enrico Battaglin and holding off Michael Woods to win stage four of the Giro d'Italia in Caltagirone.

    Splits in the peloton behind - has the maglia rosa changed hands?

  10. Post update

    Enrico Battaglin leads it out, digging hard but Tim Wellens is on his wheel...

  11. Post update

    The peloton come surging back!

    Simon Yates is up there, joined by Michael Woods and Enrico Battaglin.

  12. 1km to go

    A brief split on the front as Mitchelton-Scott lead us under the flamme rouge.

    Looks like two Mitchelton-Scott riders, Tim Wellens and Sam Bennett have broken clear.

    Will the winner come from those four?

  13. 2km to go

    The pace still high and all the favourites still together.

    This is an absolutely frantic course - smooth roads and brutal turns aplenty.

  14. Conti caught - 3km to go

    Conti's brave dig comes to an end as the peloton sweep him up with just 3km of this stage to go.

    Lotto Fix All and Mitchelton-Scott on the front.

  15. 4km to go

    Conti, out of the saddle, keeps kicking but the peloton are closing quickly.

    Team Sky aren't getting any time on the front as their rivals sweep round.

  16. 5km to go

    A flat, fast section and Conti digs again, trying to eke out every second he can on this twisting finish.

    He's back out towards 15 seconds briefly but the peloton shut it back down quickly.

    Zdenek Stybar was caught behind that pinch and won't be challenging for the stage. That ends Simon Yates' predictive streak on our stage-by-stage guide.

    Yates himself is still up near the front.

  17. 6km to go

    Valerio Conti swings through 6km to go, his advantage back down to 13 seconds.

    The Italian won't be winning this stage.

  18. Post update

    Andrey Zeits clips the barriers as the race swings through a very narrow turn.

    That creates a pinch point and plenty of riders halfway down the peloton are caught out.

    Looks like all of the favourites are through, provided they were protected on the front.

  19. Post update

    Every team now wants to be on the front of the peloton, with Bora and Mitchelton-Scott jostling for position with Lotto Fix All.

    Team Sky are holding their won down the right but Bahrain Merida are now on the front.

  20. 8km to go

    Lotto Fix All now hit the front of the peloton, led by the Aussie strongman Adam Hansen. He's looking to set up Tim Wellens for the stage win.

    Zardini is swallowed up, leaving Conti out in front alone, with an advantage of 23 seconds.