Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 4



Hello folks and welcome to coverage of stage 4 of Tirreno Adriatico, its the Queen stage finishing at the Sassotetto ski resort, Can Geraint Thomas and Sky defend the leaders Maglia Azzurra

I'm Chris Rolfe by the way, and heres todays profile

And a little map for your enjoyment

We have climbing and desecending pretty much all day, theres next to no flat but the first of the categorised climbs gets underway with 91km remaining, theres then another 2 climbs within 40km before the final big climb gets underway with just over 13km to race

Geraint Thomas has looked in scintillating form during this race and looked very good yesterday and he just has defend and follow attacks today and he's got a certain Chris Froome as his domestique today

As well as G keep an eye out for Primoz Roglic, Wilco Kelderman, Strade Bianchi first and second Tiejs Benoot and Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran is also a contender today

Team Sky are packed full of climbing talent, Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski will both be supporting G so they'll look to control the race on the final climb as usual and give Thomas every chance of keeping hold of the jersey

Live coverage is just getting underway, Eurosport are currently giving us a tour of the stages start town of Foligno so we wait a little longer for live pictures

Tom Dumoulin sits 33 seconds back in 9th place, he was ill yesterday so struggled but he's hoping to go better today

Prediction time, I'm going to go for Romain Bardet, he looked on superb form and this is a climb that really suits him, will he have enough to take the leaders jersey