International Cycling

Contador holds Basque lead

2014-04-10 19:00
Alberto Contador (AFP)

Madrid - Dutch rider Wouter Poels of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team won the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead.

However, Spanish star Contador, of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, saw his compatriot Alejandro Valverde shave two seconds off his race lead, which now stands at 12 seconds.

Poels won the 151-kilometre ride from Vitoria to Eibar after making a late attack on the final climb, the 26-year-old beating Movistar rider Valverde and another Spaniard, Samuel Sanchez of BMC, by one second.

Contador attacked several times himself on the final climb but was unable to break clear of Valverde, keeping the general classification wide open with two stages remaining.

However, Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski lost seven seconds on Contador and in the process gave up his third place in the overall standings to Italy's Damiano Cunego.

Friday's penultimate stage will be a 160km ride to Xemein before the event concludes with an individual time trial on Saturday.

Results in the fourth stage of Tour of the Basque Country, a 151km ride from Vitoria to Arrate on Thursday:

1. Wout Poels (NED/OPQ) 3h39min 29sec (average: 41,3 km/h)
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 0:01.
3. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 0:01.
4. Tom Slagter (NED/GRM) 0:03.
5. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:03.
6. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:03.
7. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:03.
8. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 0:03.
9. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:03.
10. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 0:03.

Selected:
33. Frank Schleck (LUX/RSH) 2:14.
44. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 5:44.
51. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 5:49.
70. Andy Schleck (LUX/RSH) 10:04.

Overall standings:
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 12h54:03.
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 0:14.
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:34.
4. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:36.
5. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:36.
6. Jean-Christophe Praud (FRA/ALM) 0:36.
7. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:36.
8. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 0:36.
9. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 0:54.
10. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 0:54.

Selected:
31. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 2:42.
34. Frank Schleck (LUX/RSH) 3:25.
62. Andy Schleck (LUX/RSH) 12:44.

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