The short stage that exploded this Giro d'Italia into life

Astana led an all-out chase in a 150-kilometre stage that left even the biggest riders isolated and in danger of losing time

Astana chases on stage four of the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Stage four of 2015's Giro d'Italia, a short 150-kilometre route over the Cinque Terre along the Ligurian coast, proved as powerful as a third-week mountain stage in challenging the leading contenders and splitting the peloton today.

Italian Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin) soloed to victory in La Spezia, while Australian Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE) took over the leader’s pink jersey.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.