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Valverde: The Boss Is Back In Catalunya
PeloPics: Stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya saw overall leader Thomas De Gendt lose contact withe peloton and his overall lead. On the final climb to the Ski resort of La Molina, Movistar tore the race apart with attacks from Marc Soler, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde.

As the front group split and reformed, Movistar had the upper hand with Valverde and Quintana escaping with Sky's Egan Bernal. In the final kilometer Quintana lost his grip and Valverde easily took the stage win and recaptured the overall leaders jersey. The Murcian has 19 seconds n Bernal and 26 on teammate Quintana. De Gendt was well down.

La Molina - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - (Team Lotto Soudal)  pictured during     98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 4 from Llanars to La Molina (170.8KM) - 22-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Thomas De Gendt wasn't the overall leader for long

La Molina - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - (Team LottoNL - Jumbo)  pictured during     98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 4 from Llanars to La Molina (170.8KM) - 22-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Lots of Snow, but it didn't affect the stage

La Molina - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Alejandro VALVERDE (Movistar Team)  pictured during     98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 4 from Llanars to La Molina (170.8KM) - 22-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
The second 2018 Catalunya stage win for Valverde

La Molina - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Alejandro VALVERDE (Movistar Team)  pictured during     98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 4 from Llanars to La Molina (170.8KM) - 22-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Valverde back in the jersey

Stage 4:


Volta a Catalunya Stage 4 Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 4:25:54
2. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:06
4. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:23
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:53
6. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar
7. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:59
9. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 1:03
10. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy.

Volta a Catalunya Overall After Stage 4:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 17:00:58
2. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky at 0:19
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:26
4. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:48
5. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:12
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:14
7. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:18
8. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo
9. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 1:24
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:28.

 


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