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Cycling - 03. July 2012.

Giro d'Italia Stage 4

Luperini solidifies her lead as best Italian rider at the Giro d'Italia Faren Honda's Fabiana Luperini looked comfortable as she crossed the line in 7th position in today's 4th stage of the Giro d¹Italia Femminile.

Team Faren Honda was placed under attack early on in the race as numerous
rival teams were out to make amends from the destruction which took place
out on the road during yesterday¹s 3rd stage.

A small break of 10 riders slipped clear 25kms into the 98 kilometre race
and it was left to the teams of the current tour leader Evelyn Stevens
"Specialised Lululemon" and team "Faren Honda" to bring back the break which
threatened to disrupt the general classification. The two teams determinedly spearheaded the peloton to successfully bring back the break heading into the major climb of the day.

Faren Honda's director ­ Fortunato Lacquaniti called the entire team to move
to the front and close down the break-away. Nicole Cooke, Jennifer Hohl,
Gracie Elvin, Julia Blindyuk and Giuseppina Grassi played a significant and
dominant role in bringing back the early break before the 65km mark.
Luperini was protected and positioned well when the race hit the first climb
of the day whilst Gilmore conserved energy leading into tomorrow's sprinters
stage.

Towards the top of the first significant climb around the 70km mark, current
tour leader Evelyn Stevens and Emma Pooley broke away from the remaining
small group - which contained Faren Honda¹s Fabiana Luperini. Marianne Vos
attacked on the descent into the final 7km climb ­ famous for her bike
handling skills she gained a lead of 1 min 26 seconds by the time she
reached the top of the final climb and crossed the line for a solo mountain
top victory. In doing so, Vos reclaimed the Giro d¹Italia leader¹s jersey,
the maglia rosa.

A small staggered group of about 10 riders crossed the line behind Vos.
Luperini finished 1 minute 38 seconds behind today¹s winner after riding the
final 25km's with a broken spoke, fortunately she held onto her 4th position
on GC.

Tomorrow the team will contest one of the few remaining flat stages and
given its predominantly horizontal profile, it's set to be a showdown
amongst the sprinters.

Stage 4 results
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, 2:44:59, + 10 seconds bonifications
2. Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products-Mistral Home, + 01:26, + 6" bonis
3. Tataiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini-Giambenini, + 01:33, + 4" bonis
4. Evelyn Stevens
(USA) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
5. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Orica-AIS, +
01:38
6. Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, s.t.
7. Fabiana Luperini
(Ita) Faren Honda, s.t.
8. Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica-AIS, + 01:52
9. Ashleigh
Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol, + 02:11
10. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec
Products-Mistral Home, s.t.


GC after Stage 4
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, 10:16:54
2. Evelyn Stevens (USA)
Specialized-lululemon, + 01:31
3. Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, +
02:07
4. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren Honda, + 02:37
5. Tatiana Guderzo
(Ita) MCipollini-Giambenini, + 04:08
6. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Orica-AIS, +
04:15
7. Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica-AIS, + 04:25
8. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita)
Hitec Products-Mistral Home, + 05:00
9. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto
Belisol, + 05:00
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products-Mistral Home, +
06:52

Jerseys after Stage 4: Pooley: Queen of the Mountains, Luperini: Best
Italian, Longo Borghini: Best Young Rider, and Vos in Rosa and the yellow of
points.
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