Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro

British cyclist Chris Froome, right, and Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis walk before the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Italian rider Elia Viviani signs autographs prior to the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
British cyclist Chris Froome waits for the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Italian rider Fabio Aru smiles before the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Italian rider Elia Viviani adjusts his helmet before the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

CALTAGIRONE, Sicily — Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.

Team Sky reported that Froome finished 23 seconds behind Wellens as the race returned to home soil following the opening three stages in Israel.

Rohan Dennis of Australia held on to the overall leader's pink jersey following the 202-kilometer (126-mile) leg from Catania to Caltagirone in Sicily.

Wellens, who rides for the Lotto-Fix ALL team, was one of five riders to create a small advantage in the final kilometer, which was entirely uphill. Once the main pack caught up, Wellens burst ahead again.

Michael Woods of Canada crossed second and Italian Enrico Battaglin finished third, both with the same time as Wellens.

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