Volta a Catalunya: Stage 4

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon! It's me, Robyn, and I'm back again for the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya.

No shortening of today’s 170.8km stage from Llanars to La Molina; good news for the climbers and good news for us as we get our first summit finish of the Volta a Catalunya. Expect some fireworks towards the end!

So what’s in store for day 4? We have 2 intermediate sprints, as riders then scale the Cat 1 Port del Jou, before facing the HC Coll de la Creueta. The finish is on the summit of the Cat 1 La Molina; Van Garderen (BMC) won here all the way back in 2015, again on stage 4, when he’d dropped out of GC contention but took the Queen Stage.

Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the Port del Jour, distancing the 3 riders on his wheel and establishing a gap of 1’40” on the peloton. No stranger to these roads, the Colombian has previously used them in training. The gap now stands at 1'05" with 31.3km to go. The peloton have started the descent on the Coll de la Creueta.

"Hoy habrá fuegos pirotécnicos" (there will be fireworks today") said Esteban Chaves before the start line. He's already started with the attacks, but will he be there at the end? The gap has slightly decreased to 1'02", with 29.7km to go.

We've already passed the intermediate sprints, with the first at Ripoli won by Vervaeke (Sunweb), ahead of Mas (Quick-Step) and Goldstein (Israel Cycling Academy). The second sprint was won by Valverde (Movistar), from Mas again, and Erviti (Movistar)

ATTACK! Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) has been prominent in this race, and he decides to attack from the peloton, forcing Movistar to chase. Chaves has 26.7km to go, with a gap of just 12".

Mohoric has caught and passed Chaves, who is trying to keep on his wheel. 25km to go.

ATTACK! Here comes Valverde, wanting to regain his GC lead. He's only 6" ahead of the peloton at the moment.

It's AG2R, Sky and Quick-Step picking up the pace at the front of the peloton. Chaves is with Valverde, with Mohoric ahead. 22.2km to go.