Cycling: Late attack pays off for Miceli

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NICOLA MICELI finished three seconds clear of the peloton following a timely downhill attack two kilometres from the finish line to win yesterday's fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The Ukrainian Sergei Gontchar just retained the pink jersey, holding on to a one-second lead overall from Michele Bartoli.

Bartoli reduced his gap from Gontchar with an eight-second bonus from second place in the stage, with Mariano Piccoli completing an Italian 1-2-3.

Miceli's first stage win in the Giro came after breaking away from the pack down the Poggio Fondoni hill - the only tough section of an otherwise flat course.