Vuelta a Espana 2013 Results: Stage 4 Standings, Highlights and Recap
In one of the more difficult stages of the entire race, Daniel Moreno was able to survive the climbs to come away with the win at Stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana.
As Cycling Weekly notes, the victory came thanks to a late push after the rider remained in the middle of the pack for most of the ride:
Daniel Moreno (Katusha) wins Vuelta a Espana stage four from a late attack #LaVuelta— Cycling Weekly (@cyclingweekly) August 27, 2013
The course did not feature too many high mountains, but there was a lot of up-and-down traveling throughout the 189 kilometers, with one very difficult peak at Mirador de Ezaro. However, Moreno showcased plenty of resilience to finish in front with a time of four hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.
Fabian Cancellara also deserves credit for a strong performance to finish in second place on the day, followed by Michael Matthews who came in third place.
Here is a look at the top 10 from the stage:
|1||Daniel Moreno||Katusha Team||4:37:47|
|2||Fabian Cancellara||Radioshack Leopard||+00:00:00|
|3||Michael Matthews||Orica Greenedge||+00:00:00|
|4||Gianni Meersman||Omega Pharma-Quick Step||+00:00:00|
|5||Bauke Mollema||Belkin-Pro Cycling Team||+00:00:00|
|6||Edvald Boasson Hagen||Sky Procycling||+00:00:00|
|7||Rinaldo Nocentini||AG2R La Mondiale||+00:00:00|
|8||Warren Barguil||Team Argos-Shimano||+00:00:00|
|9||Sergio Luis Henao||Sky Procycling||+00:00:00|
|10||Nicolas Roche||Team Saxo-Tinkoff||+00:00:00|
After Stage 3 was mostly a treat for the sprinters, Tuesday's action did more to benefit the climbers as few could keep up on the mountainous course.
Even the early leaders utilized a lot of energy separating themselves from the peloton. Alex Rasmussen won the first intermediate sprint and held on as one of the leaders deep into the race:
Edet (COF), Veikkanen (FDJ), Vanendert (LTB), Rasmussen (GRS) and Wyss (BMC) are today's escapados, currently with under five mins #Vuelta— VeloVoices (@VeloVoices) August 27, 2013
However, he ended up falling back into the peloton by the time the heavy climbing started. Meanwhile, Nicolas Edet was able to win the second sprint and the points that came with it, but the real challenge was still ahead.
This picture is enough to sum up the trouble on this stage at Mirador de Ezaro:
What's more, when the riders eventually made their way to the steep climb, it was clear that even some of the best in the world could not handle it:
Amazing scenes at #LaVuelta as a 30% ramp on the climb to Mirador de Ezaro forces a number of riders to stop and dismount— Sky Sports Cycling (@SkyCycling) August 27, 2013
Edet held onto the lead throughout the climb and far into the descent at the end of the stage. However, he was eventually caught with 15 kilometers to go as the race developed into more of a sprint:
15km to go at #LaVuelta and it's all back together at the head of the race. Handful of Team Sky riders well placed. Exciting finale imminent— Team Sky (@TeamSky) August 27, 2013
With the final three kilometers uphill, Moreno pulled away from the pack and held on for his first stage victory of the tour.
While this was a great run, the Spanish cyclist did not do enough to capture the overall lead. Instead, it is Vincenzo Nibali who will wear the red jersey after coming in 16th place, which was good enough to equal the first-place time.
Stage 3 winner Chris Horner lost the overall lead after ending six seconds behind in the stage. Here is an updated look at the standings after four days of action:
|1||Vincenzo Nibali||Astana Pro Team||14:15:30|
|2||Christopher Horner||Radioshack Leopard||+00:00:03|
|3||Nicolas Roche||Team Saxo-Tinkoff||+00:00:08|
|4||Haimar Zubeldia||Radioshack Leopard||+00:00:16|
|5||Alejandro Valverde||Movistar Team||+00:00:21|
|6||Robert Kiserlovski||Radioshack Leopard||+00:00:26|
|7||Rigoberto Uran||Sky Procycling||+00:00:28|
|8||Daniel Moreno||Katusha Team||+00:00:31|
|9||Roman Kreuziger||Team Saxo-Tinkoff||+00:00:42|
|10||Bartosz Huzarski||Team Netapp-Enduar||+00:00:45|
However, Moreno did capture the sprint points lead in this stage. Of course, Nicolas Roche will hold onto the polka-dot jersey going forward as the top climber.
Things do not get any easier for the competitors as La Vuelta continues. And Stage 5 features more mountains on a 174.3 kilometer course from Sober to Lago De Sanabria.
These two days are certain to separate the legitimate contenders from the rest of the pack with a few weeks still remaining in this prestigious race.
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