Battaglin wins 4th Giro stage, Paolini keeps lead

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Associated Press

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 12:01 PM

SERRA SAN BRUNO, Italy (AP) — Enrico Battaglin of Italy sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, while compatriot Luca Paolini retained the overall leader's pink jersey.

Battaglin, who rides for Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, won in a time of 6 hours, 14 minutes, 19 seconds along the hilly 153-mile route from Policastro Bussentino to Serra San Bruno.

The 23-year-old rider beat fellow Italians Fabio Felline and Giovanni Visconti in a bunch sprint on rainy, cobbled streets to claim his first Grand Tour stage victory.

Overall favorite Bradley Wiggins slipped to sixth in the general standings, 34 seconds behind Paolini. Main rival Vincenzo Nibali moved up to fourth, 31 seconds off the pink jersey.

The fifth stage Wednesday is a mainly flat, 124-mile leg from Cosenza to Matera.

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