Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Story: Vuelta-a-Espana-Meet-cyclings-podium-girls-and-men

Story: Vuelta-a-Espana-Meet-cyclings-podium-girls-and-men

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana on one of the few days for the sprinters at this year's race.

Quick-Step put a good amount of work into honouring red, putting their men on the front to keep the break in check with Tim Declercq doing a fine amount of work to make sure that the break could never get to more than five minutes of an advantage. I tried to anticipate the sprint once we caught them, but I was going nowhere. Had he not picked up the bonus, he would have seen De La Cruz take the leader's jersey, with Nicolas Roche (BMC) on the same time.

It's a change organizers of the three-week race, which started August 19, have made after much discussion in Spain about all-female podiums in sports including cycling and motor racing, which is increasingly seen as old-fashioned and sexist. It's still really close. His stinging attack dropped all but Chavez, clearly back to form and the Number 1 choice for Orica-Scott's assault on the Red Jersey.

"I think Monday will be an important day for the team to see where everyone is at and who is riding for the GC or riding for stages".

With 6km left to race and with the peloton spread across a large motorway, Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana Postobon) pushed on in the doomed hope of taking a solo win.

"It was a difficult stage because of the heat", Nibali said.

As the break hit the only climb of the day, the Alto de Belltall, Rossetto pushed on with only Rubio managing to match the change in pace.

However, despite the best efforts of the four-time Tour de France champion, the 158.5km stage ended in a sprint for the line as Froome and his four-man group were also then eventually reeled in ahead of the finish.

Bora-Hansgrohe had taken responsibility as the peloton moved within 4km of the finish line, while on the opposite side of the road AG2R La Mondiale led the overall contenders towards the 3km safety line.

The Briton is attempting to become the first rider to do a Tour de France and Vuelta double since Bernard Hinault in 1978, when the Spanish race took place earlier in the year instead of in gruelling August heat.

Alberto Contador was among those who could not cope with Froome's pace in the mountains and, even at this early stage, the Vuelta looks like being a head-to-head clash between pre-race favourites Froome and Nibali. He previously won a stage and finished fifth overall in 2013.

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