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Augustyn right up there

The fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia saw an all-Italian podium as Danilo di Luca took victory by five bike lengths.

LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini’s Allesandro Petacchi’s two stage streak came to an end at the hands of his teammate.

Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) took second spot with one of the favourites for the stage,┬á Liquigas’s Franco Pellizzotti, third.

Di Luca completed the 162-kilometre stage between Padova and San Martino di Castrozza in 4hr 15min 04sec.

Petacchi was more than 19min off the pace yesterday.

The South African challenge saw John-Lee Augustyn more than holding his own to place 29th, the Barloworld rider just 13sec back. Augustyn’s teammate, Robbie Hunter was 141st in the same bunch as Petacchi.

Augustyn is second behind Di Luca in the Young Rider category.

The overall lead now belongs to Sweden’s Thomas L├Âvkvist, the Team Columbia-Highroad’s time 13hr 05min 28sec, who leads Di Luca by two seconds.

Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong is sixth overall, 28sec back.

Not far behind him is Augustyn in 20th spot, 1min 20sec down with Hunter 172nd (28:29 down).

The Barloworld team are placed third of the 22 teams in the race.

Said Hunter after the stage: ‘So far not bad, three guys in first group and John Lee is second in young riders comp for now! Wednesday is another telling day and I bet the race splits bad.’

‘ By the way the arm is not hurting me.I’ve definitely done some damage though to the tendons because I hear it grinding but at least there’s no pain. I’ll fix it later.’