BATHURST'S Mark Renshaw safely navigated his way through the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday during a chaotic conclusion to the 235 kilometre ride.
Two back-to-back crashes fractured the peloton inside the final six kilometres. Salvatore Puccio contacted another rider to initiate the first of those incidents then the next one brought down the likes of 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin and GC contender Simon Yates.
Renshaw finished 12 minutes and 52 seconds behind stage winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team).
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) filled the podium.
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Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) was the only GC contender left in the leading group of riders following the second incident.
He used that advantage to extended his lead in the overall classification to 35 seconds ahead of Yates.
Renshaw's Team Dimension Data didn't figure in the sprint finish. Their best placed rider was Ryan Gibbons at 1:24 off the pace.
Matti Breschel (EF Education First) and Daniel Navarro (Katusha-Alpecin) failed to finish the stage.