Terrorist alert in Vuelta

Stage four of this year's Vuelta a España from Ciudad Real to Argamasilla de Alba on Tuesday, August...

Stage four of this year's Vuelta a España from Ciudad Real to Argamasilla de Alba on Tuesday, August 30, saw a rare terrorist threat. According to Wednesday's L'Equipe, the finish town received a "vague" terrorist attack warning. "We were informed during the stage," Ignacio Ayuso, president of the Vuelta organiser Unipublic, told the French newspaper. "The Guardia Civil told us that there was a threat and that an explosion could take place in the finish. So we thought about it and decided to bring the stage to its end. It was no question for us to give way to supposedly extremist threats."

The stage was therefore not interrupted and went on as planned, with Alessandro Petacchi scoring his second victory in the Vuelta 2005 in a bunch sprint. The team directors were not informed about the warning.

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