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Stage 4 - Vélez-Málaga › Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara

into the mountains we go...


The final climb is not super tough, but has some very steep stretches, and it's hot, hot, hot again, so all in all it should be enough to force a selection:


With #red Kwiatkowski and #movistar Valverde separated by just 14 seconds, #sky Team Sky may be happy to let a breakaway take the stage. But will Movistar be okay with that?!
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    a sh*tload of good climbers sits pretty far down in gc already. Some may have an eye on this...

    57      #ag2r   HUBERT DUPONT       + 00h 03' 00''
    59      #katusha   MAURITS LAMMERTINK       + 00h 03' 08''
    60      #burgos   JETSE BOL       + 00h 03' 19''
    65      #jumbo   FLORIS DE TIER       + 00h 03' 47''
    66      #ag2r   ALEXANDRE GENIEZ       + 00h 04' 00''
    67      #katusha   TIAGO MACHADO       + 00h 04' 00''
    69      #cofidis   JOSE HERRADA       + 00h 04' 13''
    72      #fdj   GEORG PREIDLER       + 00h 04' 34''
    77      #bahrain   VINCENZO NIBALI       + 00h 04' 44''
    78      #lotto   TIESJ BENOOT       + 00h 04' 46''
    81      #bahrain   GORKA IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI       + 00h 05' 06''
    82      #ag2r   BEN GASTAUER       + 00h 05' 06''
    83      #euskadi   MIKEL BIZKARRA ETXEGIBEL       + 00h 05' 20''
    85      #uae   DANIEL MARTIN       + 00h 06' 02''
    88      #movistar   ANDREY AMADOR       + 00h 07' 16''
    89      #bmc   DYLAN TEUNS       + 00h 07' 17''
    90      #trek   NICOLA CONCI       + 00h 07' 26''
    91      #lotto   MAXIME MONFORT       + 00h 07' 37''
    93      #bahrain   FRANCO PELLIZOTTI       + 00h 07' 41''
    94      #katusha   JOSÉ GONÇALVES       + 00h 07' 49''
    95      #uae   EDWARD RAVASI       + 00h 08' 07''
    102      #bahrain   MARK PADUN       + 00h 10' 37''
    103      #astana   NIKITA STALNOV       + 00h 10' 47''
    108      #jumbo   SEPP KUSS       + 00h 11' 28''
    109      #ef   PIERRE ROLLAND       + 00h 11' 34''
    132      #burgos   JOSÉ MENDES       + 00h 14' 35''
    141      #astana   OMAR FRAILE MATARRANZ       + 00h 15' 55''
    145      #bmc   ALESSANDRO DE MARCHI       + 00h 16' 32''
    146      #astana   JAN HIRT       + 00h 16' 37''
    148      #lotto   THOMAS DE GENDT       + 00h 16' 44''
    154      #mitchelton   ADAM YATES       + 00h 18' 20''
    158      #cofidis   LUIS ANGEL MATE MARDONES       + 00h 20' 27''
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  • t-72

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    Season-saver for #didata in a stage that was raced classical second-level grand tour style, piano until the last climb. The last climb was worth watching but these "energy-save" stages are the reason why Tour de France remains a better race than the Giro and the Vulta IMHO.

    Speaking of Giro, is #mitchelton Simon Yates back to making the same mistakes again? Etna flashbacks...
    P.S. speaking of Etna  -- where's #mitchelton Chaves? Not seen since the Giro?`(Are the injuries coming back to haunt him?)



    Who's the false Buchmann riding around attacking here? (possible connection to missing Chaves case?)
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  • M Gee

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    . . .
    Speaking of Giro, is #mitchelton Simon Yates back to making the same mistakes again? . . .


    THIS time I'll cheer for Simon. He added quite the spice to the action today. We'll see over the next several stages if he's learned anything this year.
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  • . . .He had the bit between his teeth, and he loiked the taste, mate . . .

     



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