Tiralongo takes final Trentino stage, Porte wins overall

Paolo Tiralongo wins Trentino stage 4 from breakaway, and Richie Porte finishes safely in the bunch to seal up the overall race victory

Astana’s Paolo Tiralongo led a breakaway group across the line to win stage 4 of the Giro del Trentino in the small town of Cles, Italy. Overall race leader Richie Porte (Sky) finished with the peloton to seal up the general classification title ahead of Mikel Landa (Astana), with Porte’s teammate Leopold König nabbing the final step on the podium.

A move of 15 riders got clear early on in the 161.5-kilometer stage from Malè, but after fringe GC threat Diego Rosa (Astana) made an effort to bridge into the group up the road, Sky spun up the pace in the pack and reeled in the breakaway. With around 80 kilometers to go, a new breakaway formed, consisting of Tiralongo and six other riders, none of whom posed a threat to Richie Porte’s overall race lead. Tiralongo, David Arroyo (Caja Rural), and Fabio Duarte (Team Colombia) left their companions behind as the finish line neared, and the 37-year-old Italian won the three-man sprint to take the stage.

The bunch finished 49 seconds behind, giving Richie Porte the overall race victory. Team Colombia’s Rodolfo Torres won the race’s king of the mountains competition, while MTN-Qhubeka’s Louis Meintjes, eighth on GC, was the winner of the Giro del Trentino young rider’s classification.