GC contenders hit the deck at Giro d'Italia after Fernando Gaviria misjudges corner

Steven Kruijswijk and Ilnur Zakarin among a number of riders to crash

General classification contenders Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were among a number of riders to crash with 18km remaining on stage four of the Giro d'Italia after race leader Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) misjudged a corner at the front of the peloton.

Approaching a right-hand bend at high-speed before the final climb to Mount Etna, Gaviria, at the front of the bunch, appeared to misjudge the tightness of the corner, carrying too much speed into the turn before being forced to go straight on.

That caused a number of riders behind to crash as riders either swerved left or hit the brakes as they realised they were going into the corner too fast.

There were also a few fisty cuffs a few kilometres earlier when Javier Moreno (Bahrain-Merida) and Diego Rosa (Team Sky) appeared to have a disagreement over something or other.

Moreno rode up behind the Italian Sky rider and appeared to pull him backwards, before exchanging angry words and pushing him towards the crowd.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.