Setcases - Katusha's Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez has retained the lead of the
Tour of Catalonia after Thursday's fourth stage won by American Tejay
Rodriguez finished fourth in the gruelling 166.4km
stage between Alp and the Vallter 2000 ski resort, a ride which featured
ascents of five Pyrennean peaks.
In the cold and fog, all the Tour's favourites came through in the same group after the final, uncategorised climb.
Alberto Contador finished third at 3sec from Van Garderen, Rodriguez at
4sec, with Colombian Nairo Quintana (5sec) and Britain's reigning Tour
de France winner Chris Froome (8) just off the pace.
overall standings, eight riders are grouped within 30sec, Rodriguez
sitting 4sec ahead of Contador, with Van Garderen a further 3sec
adrift. Froome lies 17sec off Rodriguez in sixth spot.
Friday's fifth stage is a 218.2km ride between Llanrs Vall de Camprodon and Valls.