Giro d’Italia 2013: Stage 4 preview

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Giro d’Italia 2013: Stage 4
When: Tuesday, May 7
Policastro Bussentino
To: Serra San Bruno
Length: 246km
Category: Medium mountains

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Mark Cavendish won the stage the last time the Giro passed through Serra San Bruno, in 2008, en route to Catanzaro’s beach.

This time, the Giro travels from much farther north, Policastro Bussentino, to arrive in Serra San Bruno. The 246km – it’s the longest stage this year – will be felt in the legs.

Instead of Cavendish, one of the GC riders will win because the tail end presents two kicks: Vibo Valentia and Croce Ferrata. Croce Ferrata climbs 702m over 12.75km, with some steep pitches. It carries a summit finish title, though there remain 5km to cover after the peak.

After seven hours, it is hard to predict what will happen when the attacks go. This finish is similar to, though not as hard as, the finish to Lago Laceno last year. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) won there, and being local will help him here.

Tropea is perched above the sea on steep cliffs and celebrates red onions. The gelaterias even make a red-onion ice cream – take one to the beach and enjoy the last views of the Tyrrhenian Sea before the race heads east and north.

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