If the peloton thought it had left the rain behind when it left Ireland for Italy, it was very much mistaken.
Wet conditions in Bari, coupled with a tricky, technical circuit meant senior riders in the peloton took it upon themselves to perform a go-slow for much of the fourth stage in the
And it turns out they were quite justified, too, with three crashes occurring on the one lap which was raced hard – the final one.
But a day which may best be remembered for its weather also marked the first Grand Tour
stage win for rising sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr).
And Stefano Sirotti was on hand to capture the action. Relive the stage in the photo gallery below.
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No racing took place until the final lap of the Bari circuit, as the peloton sought to protect each other on difficult wet roads
Bernie Eisel (Team Sky) and Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) were two of the senior riders who locked down the front of the bunch (pic: Sirotti)
Luca Paolini was involved in regular chats with race commisssaires (pic: Sirotti)
Orica-GreenEDGE ensured Michael Matthews stayed safe in the maglia rosa (pic: Sirotti)
Luke Durbridge tested the road conditions by hitting a corner hard, but immediately signalled a time out to ensure the pace remained steady
Orica-GreenEDGE lead the way onto the final lap, with GC times taken from the penultimate crossing of the finish line (pic: Sirotti)
Nacer Bouhanni outsprints his three remaining rivals to take the stage, after three crashes caused splits in the bunch (pic: Sirotti)
Joy and despair
The contrasting emotions of Nacer Bouhanni and Giacomo Nizzolo are obvious at the end (pic: Sirotti)
Nacer Bouhanni thanks his team-mates for their efforts in getting him back into the bunch after an earlier mechanical (pic: Sirotti)
First of many?
Nacer Bouhanni reflects on his first Grand Tour win (pic: Sirotti)
Nacer Bouhanni extended his red jersey lead on stage ten (pic: Sirotti)
Easy does it
Maarten Tjallingii enjoyed a much more straightforward day. With no climbs on the stage he was able to retain his blue jersey (pic: Sirotti)
Still in charge
Michael Matthews won stage six in the pink jersey (pic: Sirotti)