Jan Polanc wins on Mount Etna as Bob Jungels takes Giro d'Italia overall lead

British riders Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates move up into second and third overall behind Bob Jungels after stage four of the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Jan Polanc wins stage four of the 2017 Giro d'Italia (LaPresse - D'Alberto / Ferrari)

(Image credit: GM D"Alberto)

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) defied the odds after spending 179 kilometres in the day's escape to take victory on Mount Etna on stage four of the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

The Slovenian had been in the day's original four-man escape group and was the last man standing from the quartet on the final ascent up the infamous active volcano – the first major climbing test of the 2017 Giro. It's the 25-year-old's first victory since winning a stage of the Giro in 2015, and UAE Team Emirates first Grand Tour win.

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