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Giro Notebook, Stage 4: Garmin’s TTT prowess; Haedo hopeful

Race Notes

Stage winner: Garmin-Barracuda held off surprising Katusha by five seconds to win its second Giro TTT in five years
Pink leader: Ramunas Navardauskas ends Taylor Phinney’s three-day run in pink. Navardauskas is now 10 seconds faster than teammate Tyler Farrar, with Phinney now fifth, at 13 seconds back
Blue mountains: With no rated climbs, Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) keeps the KOM jersey for a third day
Red points: Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) kept the points jersey, 45 points to Farrar’s 30
White young: Navardauskas slips 13 seconds ahead of Phinney for the best young rider competition

Weather: More sun
Warm, spring-like weather continues Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-70s F, clear skies and cross-tailwinds from the north of about 10-15mph.

Tomorrow’s stage: Sprinters paradise
The sprinters should be in for another shot at victory in Thursday’s 209km fifth stage from Modena to Fano. The route is mostly flat as it rolls southwest toward the Adriatic coast at Rimini.

There are a few minor ripples, including a fourth-category climb at 174km. That should not slow down the sprinters, who will be looking to maximize their chances in the first half of the Giro.

The final 10km are pancake flat along the coast before entering Fano. There are two dogleg right-handers in the final two kilometers, but it’s an otherwise clean run to the line.

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