FINAL KM: Volta ao Algarve St 4; Ruta del Sol St 4; Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var St.2

Racing in the form of a three-up climbers sprint, two flying Colombians, and one sparkling Aussie.

Stage 4, Volta ao Algarve em BicicletaIa

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) tested his rivals with an attack with 2km to go on the final climb, and  then hit them with a turn of pace they could not match in the final 500m to grab stage victory atop the Alto do Malhao. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) followed him home and race leader Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck QuickStep) turned himself inside out to claim third and retain the jersey.  Evenepoel, Martin and Max Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe) all share the same time on GC, with Lopez one second behind in 4th. the final time trial should be exciting – I’m worried for Dan.

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When I say he gave everything to hang on in those final tortuous metres.

Dries de Bondt (Alpecin Fenix) has been on the attack and in the mix on every stage. Love that he took the King of the Mountains jersey (gasp! it is not polka dots). Never hide your light under under a bushel Dries.

Look who’s back

Great shot

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Stage 4 ,Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol

After fireworks and verbal shenanigans on the final climb and a swooping descent the stage ended in a three-up climbers sprint in Granada. Jack Haig (Mitchelton Scott) played it cool and smart to came around race leader Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and snatch victory. Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) rounded out the podium. Fuglsang retains his jersey by 14secs to Landa with  Haig third at +35secs

Victory must taste even sweeter after missing a crucial turn in yesterday’s finale. Great to see Jack flying free on these climbs.

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Stage 2, Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var

Nairo Quintana can’t seem to stop attacking. After his exploits on Ventoux at the Tour de la Provence, the Colombian flew away on the Col d’Eze to deliver Arkea-Samsic another victory. Forty seconds after his arrival, the chase group was led home by Simon Clarke (EF Pro Cycling) with Total Direct Energie’s Lilian Calmejane in third. He now leads the race by 38secs from Michael Storer (Sunweb). With one stage to go I don’t see anyone catching him.

Kenny Elissonde sums it up

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