Miguel Angel Lopez takes stage victory and GC lead in Volta a Catalunya
Mar 29 2019 06:10 am CET

Miguel Angel Lopez takes stage victory and GC lead in Volta a Catalunya
Miguel Angel Lopez takes stage victory and GC lead in Volta a Catalunya
Photo of Miguel Angel Lopez Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez has taken the victory of the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya. The rider crossed the finish line in La Molina 14 seconds ahead of Adam Yates and also took the GC lead.

The fourth stage of the Spanish race was 150.3 kilometres long over a route that featured three stages of the first category, one horse-category ascent and a climbing finish in La Molina. The escape of the day was formed by 25 riders and included names like Marc Soler, Max Schachmann, Gregor Muehlberger, Carlos Verona and James Knox.

The front group grew slimmer as the climbs past and Soler and Muehlberger took the lead by setting a rhythm that was impossible to follow for the others. Behind them, Sky set the pace, leaving behind the GC leader Thomas De Gendt.

With a bit more of eight kilometres to go, Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez did the first move and was followed by Sky's Egan Bernal. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) also joined the front group, while riders like Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) couldn't keep the pace.

Lopez attacked again a kilometre later while Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruisjwijk and Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates also arrived to the front. The Colombian caught Soler and Muehlberger and crossed the finish line on his own, while the Austrian of Bora-hansgrohe was second and the Spanish of Movistar arrived in the third position.

Bernal and Yates crossed with the same group of Muehlberger and Yates and Quintana got to the finish 19 seconds behind with Kruijswijk. Lopez took the lead of the overall standing and Yates dropped to the second position at 14 seconds from the Colombian, while Bernal sits in the third position 17 seconds behind.



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