Davide Formolo solos to Giro d'Italia stage four victory

Italian jumped from the original breakaway group before the final climb to take a first Grand Tour stage victory

Davide Formolo on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Italy

(Image credit: Watson)

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin) soloed to victory on stage four of the 2015 Giro d'Italia after attacking from a breakaway group in which he'd spent much of the day. The Italian made his attack before the final category three climb, the Biassa, and managed to hold-off an elite chasing group and a rampant Astana to take his first Grand Tour stage victory.

Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) took over the race lead from teammate Michael Matthews, having sprinted to second on the stage from the reduced group, 22 seconds behind Formolo. Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) also finished in the lead group to secure the top two places in GC for the Australian squad heading into stage five.

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Richard Windsor

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