Eddie Dunbar, Conor Dunne survive crash-marred dramatic Giro finale

Posted on: May 14th, 2019
It was a very sketchy finale to Giro stage 4 but the Irish riders got through it in one piece. Above, Carapaz wins from Ewan in what was a finish for the climbers and sprinters both.

Ireland’s riders at the Giro, Conor Dunne and Eddie Dunbar, came through a crash-marred finale at the end of stage 4 in one piece today.

The stage saw a late crash cause chaos, with race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) the only overall contender to make it into the small front group.

However, while it appeared many of the other favourites would lose a large amount of time, the Astana team chased hard after the leaders.

In the end only 16 seconds separated Roglic and a 13-man group that contained the likes of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and other heavy hitters.

A crash occurred with just over 6km remaining on narrow roads into the uphill finish in Frascati after 235km.

Team Ineos ride  Salvatore Puccio rubbed wheels after looking around and he was the first to fall.

About 10 riders hit the deck hard, though further damage was done because the crash delayed many of those behind it.

After the spill the front group numbered about 15, though that was trimmed right down when UAE Team Emirates hit the uphill finish hard.

In the end, however, it was Richard Carapaz of Movistar who went for a long sprint and took victory. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), who had won a similar punchy uphill finish at UAE Tour, almost got him on the line but not quite.

Roglic simply sat tight today and yet he gained time on all of his rivals for the overall.

Carapaz, Ewan and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) finished two seconds clear of stage 2 winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), with Roglic just behind him.

While the chasing group only lost 16 seconds to the race leader, and so the overall contest was not ended for them, one man whose Giro hangs in the balance is Tom Dumoulin.

Dumoulin in trouble

The Team Sunweb rider, and Giro 2017 champion, crashed very hard and was bleeding heavily from his left leg. His team waited and rode in with him, all losing just over four minutes.

That sets his general classification hopes back very significantly; indeed it arguably ends any chance he may win the race. More immediately, it was not clear if he would remain in the race.

Eddie Dunbar, whose team said did not fall but was held up by the crash, finished in a group at 5:55, in 127th place.

Conor Dunne, who had been pulling on the front for Israel Cycling Academy late in the stage, came home in 162nd at 12:52.

Roglic still leads overall and now has 35 seconds over Yates and 39 of Nibali, with Lopez in 4th at 44 seconds. Tomorrow’s stage 5 looks like a day for the sprinters.