ITZULIA BASQUE COUNTRY STAGE 4 RESULTS

Daniel Martinez launched his sprint early and held off Julian Alaphilippe by the width of a tyre to take the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday. The elite group caught the lone survivor of the breakaway, Frenchman Victor Lafay, in the final kilometre of a hilly 115 mile ride from Vitoria to Zamudio. Colombian Martinez of Ineos attacked coming into the final corner on a slightly uphill finish. He held the inside line through the bend and was strong enough to resist Frenchman Alaphilippe of Quick-Step and Italian Diego Ulissi of UAE.

“When I saw nobody was going for it before 200 meters to go, I decided to go for it,” said Martinez.

Alaphilippe, who won the second stage, threw his bike at the line but fell a few centimeters short.

“My legs were good but I was just missing a little something,” he said.

“My confidence was missing a little, even if I won a couple of days ago, which did me good. But you can’t win every day either.”

Slovenian Primoz Roglic of Jumbo was fourth to preserve his overall lead. He is four seconds ahead of Belgian Remco Evenpoel of Quick-Step. Martinez jumped to third, 11 seconds off the lead. Russian Aleksandr Vlasov of Bora is fourth with Briton Adam Yates of Ineos fifth.

Frenchman Pierre Latour of TotalEnergies, who started the day ninth 25 seconds off the lead, suffered a nasty crash with 10km to go. Friday’s penultimate stage is a mountainous 101 mile ride from Zamudio to Mallabia.

“The next two stages are very hard,” said Martinez.

“But together with Adam we’re going well and we’ll be looking for the win.”

ITZULIA BASQUE COUNTRY STAGE 4 RESULTS

1 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe INEOS Grenadiers 4:15:23
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
3 ULISSI Diego UAE Team Emirates 0:00
4 ROGLIČ Primož Jumbo-Visma 0:00
5 BILBAO Pello Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
6 AULAR Orluis Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00
7 GUERREIRO Ruben EF Education-EasyPost 0:00
8 MOLARD Rudy Groupama – FDJ 0:00
9 VLASOV Aleksandr BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
10 BRAMBILLA Gianluca Trek – Segafredo 0:00

 

OVERALL STANDINGS

1 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe INEOS Grenadiers 4:15:23
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
3 ULISSI Diego UAE Team Emirates 0:00
4 ROGLIČ Primož Jumbo-Visma 0:00
5 BILBAO Pello Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
6 AULAR Orluis Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00
7 GUERREIRO Ruben EF Education-EasyPost 0:00
8 MOLARD Rudy Groupama – FDJ 0:00
9 VLASOV Aleksandr BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
10 BRAMBILLA Gianluca Trek – Segafredo 0:00

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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