Clara holds her hand over her mouth in disbelief

Giro Women stage 4 report: Clara Emond wins from the day’s breakaway

Longo Borghini successfully defended her pink jersey for another day.

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by Abby Mickey 10.07.2024 Photography by
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EF-Oatly-Cannondale’s Clara Emond spent most of the day in the breakaway but left her companions behind in the final 40 km to win the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia Women alone. The Canadian finished 17 seconds ahead of a chasing group with Soraya Paladin (Canyon-SRAM) taking second on the stage and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) third, a further three seconds later.

Behind the attackers, it was a battle for seconds between the GC riders, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) successfully pipping Lotte Koepcky (SD Worx-Protime) at the line to retain her pink jersey by only 13 seconds.

Stage 4 Top 10


How it happened

GC Top 10


Brief analysis

Quote of the Day

I thought they would catch me and they never did, and I really started to believe in it. It feels really special to have my first win here at the Giro.

Emond on her first professional win

What’s next?

Stage 5: Frontone to Foligno (108 km)

Date: Thursday, July 11
Stage type: Sprint stage
Summary: The fast women finally get their chance to shine.

Finally, the sprinters get their chance on the fifth stage from Frontone to Foligno. There is only one Cat 3 climb, 12 km into the stage that lasts only two kilometres and will not affect the final 94 km. From km 27 to km 46 there is a long gradual slog upwards that will make the day a bit more challenging, but the stage itself is short so it’s not going to take too much out of the legs.

The final 25 km is downhill, so there is plenty of time to shake out the legs and set up for the sprint.

Originally published in our stage-by-stage preview, found here.

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