Tour of Catalonia: Esteban Chaves wins fourth stage, Adam Yates retains total lead

Tour of Catalonia: Esteban Chaves wins fourth stage, Adam Yates retains total lead

The Group BikeExchange rider completed the 166.5km stage at Port Aine, at an altitude of two,000 metres, seven seconds forward of a bunch that included total chief Adam Yates.

Tour of Catalonia: Esteban Chaves wins fourth stage, Adam Yates retains overall lead

Esteban Chaves in motion on the Tour of Catalonia. AFP

Colombia’s Esteban Chaves gained the fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday, crossing the road first on the summit end to assert his first main victory in two years.

The Group BikeExchange rider completed the 166.5km stage at Port Aine, at an altitude of two,000 metres, seven seconds forward of a bunch that included total chief Adam Yates.

“I’m very completely satisfied, I’ve by no means began a season with such good emotions and far much less with a win,” stated Chaves after claiming the primary World Tour win for BikeExchange, previously Mitchelton-Scott.

Ineos’ Yates holds on to first place within the common classification, 45 and 49 seconds respectively forward of teammates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas.

Chaves sits sixth within the total standings, 1min 4sec again after a deserved win within the Pyrenees — his first since taking stage 19 on the 2019 Giro d’Italia — after ending second behind Yates in Wednesday’s third stage.

The 31-year-old attacked with round seven kilometres remaining and managed to carry off a robust chasing pack which additionally included 2018 Tour de France winner Thomas and Nairo Quintana, a former victor on the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

“I knew it was a really robust stage, I had nothing to lose and lots to realize,” added Chaves.

“There was loads of headwind and it was a threat (to assault), however ultimately it went very nicely.”

Friday’s fifth stage is a 201.5km run between La Pobla de Segur and Manresa which contains a speedy downhill end.

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