Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, who rode strongly all week, took the leader’s jersey on the fourth stage and never really looked in danger of losing it, despite a veritable galaxy of stars snapping at his heels. A mere 7sec back was Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), while Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) took a second on today’s intermediate sprint to dislodge Richie Porte (BMC) from the podium and step up into third place.
The lull between cobbled action was more than filled by bold breakaways, fast sprints and the tick-tick-tick of a TT clock. Let’s get straight to the action at the Volta a Catalunya and the Criterium International.
What do the bergs of Belgium have in common with the mountains of Catalunya ? Team Sky on the top of the podium that’s what! Yep the Good Friday force most definitely awakened on the Death Star.