Miguel Angel Lopez conquers mountain finish in fourth day of Volta ao Algarve, Remco Evenepoel retains GC lead
Feb 23 2020 01:19 am CET

Miguel Angel Lopez conquers mountain finish in fourth day of Volta ao Algarve, Remco Evenepoel retains GC lead
Miguel Angel Lopez conquers mountain finish in fourth day of Volta ao Algarve, Remco Evenepoel retains GC lead
Astana

Astana Pro Team's Miguel Angel Lopez has shown once again his climbing skills by taking the victory at the mountain finish of the fourth stage at the Volta ao Algarve.

The penultimate stage of the Portuguese competition was 169.7 kilometres long between Albufeira and Malhao over a mountainous course that included three ascents of the third category and two of the second category, including the climbing finish. Riders like Dries de Bondt, David Gonzalez and Tom Devriendt formed the escape of the day and built a gap of more than two minutes with the peloton.

João Rodrigues attacked from the breakaway at the penultimate climb of the day and soon Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) also launched an attack from the pack and joined the Portuguese in front. The last of the escapees was caught with 16 kilometres to go just before the start of the last ascent of the day.

The toughness of the climb took a toll on the pack and was soon reduced to the favourites, including names like Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Joao Almeida, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Simon Geschke (CCC Team) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). The Colombian of Astana launched an attack in the last metres that nobody could match and that gave him the stage's victory.

Martin crossed the finish line two seconds behind Lopez and Evenepoel did it four seconds behind. Max Schachman and Costa completed the top five of the day.

The young Belgian of Deceuninck-Quick-Step retained the lead of the General Classification ahead of the individual time trial of the last stage of the race. Martin climbed one position to the second GC place, Schachmann dropped one position to the third and Lopez sits now in the fourth place, one second behind the others.




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