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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2013

Date range:
March 18-24, 2013

March 21, Stage 4: Llanars-Vall de Camprodon - Port Ainé-Rialp 217.7km

Dan Martin wins queen stage of Catalunya

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
March 21, 2013, 15:32,
Updated:
March 21, 2013, 19:16

Valverde crashes out of race lead

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) wins the queen stage in Cataluyna

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) wins the queen stage in Cataluyna

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Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) capped off a dramatic day of racing in the Volta a Catalunya's queen stage with a solo victory on the Port Ainé-Rialp summit finish which propelled the Irishman into the overall race lead. Martin was the sole survivor of a large, 23-man escape which formed after about an hour of racing on the 217.7km route that began in Llanars-Vall de Camprodon and concluded on an 18.9km hors catégorie ascent.

2010 Volta a Catalunya champion Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and stage 3 winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) emerged from the chase group on the finishing climb to finish second and third on the stage, both 36 seconds behind Martin.

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol), who attacked earlier on the final ascent but was caught and passed by Rodriguez and Quintana inside the final kilometre, finished fourth at 47 seconds. Robert Gesink (Blanco), also on the attack with Van den Broeck, crossed the line in fifth at 51 seconds while Bradley Wiggins (Sky) led in a small group for sixth at 1:02.

Overnight leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), along with teammate Eros Capecchi, crashed midway through the stage and both abandoned the race.

Martin now leads the Volta a Catalunya general classification by 10 seconds over Joaquim Rodriguez and 32 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana.

The Volta a Catalunya faced its longest and most arduous day in the saddle on stage four featuring five categorised climbs throughout the mountainous, 217.7km parcours. The two most difficult ascents, a pair of hors catégorie climbs, were reserved for the stage finale with first the Port del Cantó at 172.3km followed by the final climb to the finish at Port Ainé-Rialp, whose 18.9km route into the snow line and 2,000 metre elevation averaged 6.5 percent with a maximum gradient of 12 percent.

The stage's opening climb, the category 3-rated Coll de Merolla at 40.9km, provided the springboard for a large escape group to form. Ultimately, 23 riders would go out on the attack including Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Ag2R La Mondiale), Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team), Laurens Ten Dam and Steven Kruijswijk (Blanco Pro Cycling Team), Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team), mountains classification leader Cristiano Salerno (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Laurent Pichon (FDJ), Ryder Hesjedal and Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Alberto Losada Alguacil and Yury Trofimov (Katusha), Jurgen Van de Walle (Lotto Belisol), Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team), Gianluca Brambilla and Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard), Danny Pate (Sky Procycling), Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), David Arroyo Duran (Caja Rural) plus Yoann Bagot and Rudy Molard (Cofidis, Solutions Credits).

Daniel Martin was the highest-placed rider on general classification in the break, starting the day in ninth overall at 30 seconds behind overnight leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and was accompanied by a strong ally in teammate Ryder Hesjedal. Valverde's teammate Jesus Herrada, 20th overall at 57 seconds, policed the escape for Movistar, while other highly placed riders included Fabio Aru (Astana) at 58 seconds and Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) at 1:25.

As Movistar set tempo in the peloton, Salerno went to work in the break to consolidate his mountains classification lead and the Italian led the escape group over the day's first three KOMs.

While Movistar held the break in check at 2:30, disaster struck for the Spanish ProTeam as both race leader Alejandro Valverde and teammate Eros Capecchi crashed on a narrow, technical descent 119km into the stage. While initial reports listed the pair as not having sustained serious injuries, both withdrew from the race. Eleven riders started the day within 35 seconds of Valverde, with Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) tied on time at four seconds in second and third overall, and now the leader's jersey was up for grabs.

The peloton's chase momentarily lost impetus as riders awaited word on the condition of Valverde, and the break's advantage subsequently grew to more than four minutes.

The day's penultimate ascent, the hors catégorie Port del Cantó, saw the break begin to splinter with 2012 Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal setting the pace for teammate Daniel Martin. Meanwhile, Sky took over the pace-making duties in the peloton and reduced the break's advantage to inside of three minutes.

Nearing the Port del Cantó summit, Nicolas Roche went out on the attack from the break while the Sky-led peloton had been whittled down to approximately 50 riders.

Port Ainé-Rialp finale

Roche would continue his solo effort through to the beginning of the concluding ascent where we was caught by Betancur, Santaromita, Martin, Losada, Herrada and Kiserlovski while the peloton had reduced its deficit to the leaders to approximately one minute for the 18.9km climb to the finish.

Martin began to force the pace and with 14km remaining he only had Herrada and Kiserlovski for company. The RadioShack Leopard Croatian soon lost contact leaving the Irishman and Spaniard together at the front.

Robert Gesink (Blanco) attacked from the Sky-led peloton and was soon joined by Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol). Wiggins had super-domestiques David Lopez and Rigoberto Uran setting tempo in the ever-decreasing peloton and approaching the steepest section of the ascent with 9km remaining their deficit to Martin and Herrada stood at 1:20 with Gesink and Van den Broeck in between.

Inside of 8km remaining Martin dispatched of Herrada and continued to tap out a steady rhythm in the lead. Van den Broeck dropped Gesink while Wiggins only had Uran left to set the pace in the chase group of approximately 20 riders. Joaquim Rodriguez and four Katusha teammates were tucked in behind the Sky duo and when Uran ultimately cracked with 4km to go Katusha took over the pursuit of Martin, Van den Broeck and Gesink.

At 3km to go Nairo Quintana attacked the chase group and the Colombian was soon joined by Katusha captain Joaquim Rodriguez. Martin was showing the strain of his effort at the head of the race, but continued to maintain his lead while Quintana and Rodriguez caught and passed both Gesink and Van den Broeck near the flamme rouge.

Martin continued his solo effort along the snow-lined ascent and capped off a remarkable ride with both the stage victory and leader's jersey. Rodriguez led Quintana across the finish line for second at 36 seconds and with time bonuses factored in the 26-year-old Irishman now leads Rodriguez by 10 seconds and Quintana by 32 seconds on general classification.

Full Results
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 6:02:40  
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:36  
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:47  
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:51  
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:02  
7 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:08  
11 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:01:23  
12 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:26  
14 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha    
15 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:49  
16 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:51  
17 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:01  
18 Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:02:03  
19 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:05  
20 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:11  
21 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
22 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:02:22  
23 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:02:43  
24 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:03:09  
25 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:15  
26 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun    
27 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
28 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:17  
29 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:28  
30 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:37  
31 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:43  
32 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:04:10  
33 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:15  
34 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:56  
35 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale    
36 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
37 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
38 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:06:34  
39 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:06:38  
40 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:07:03  
41 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:07:06  
42 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun    
43 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:08:09  
44 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:08:48  
45 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:09:07  
46 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 0:10:46  
47 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:11:26  
48 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
49 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:11:32  
50 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:12:06  
51 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha    
52 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:13:02  
53 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
54 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:13:04  
55 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:14:49  
56 Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
57 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale    
58 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha    
59 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:15:00  
60 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
61 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:15:03  
62 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
63 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural    
64 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:15:55  
65 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:16:05  
66 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:16:10  
67 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:16:30  
68 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
69 Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:16:44  
70 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard    
71 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 0:16:46  
72 Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural 0:17:37  
73 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:18:15  
74 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:19:04  
75 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 0:19:38  
76 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
77 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
78 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp    
79 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
80 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ    
81 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
82 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun    
83 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
84 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
85 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
86 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
87 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
88 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
89 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:21:48  
90 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:22:16  
91 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:23:45  
92 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling    
93 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:24:30  
94 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
95 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
96 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
97 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural    
98 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling    
99 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:24:45  
100 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:24:47  
101 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:25:59  
102 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:28:13  
103 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
104 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
105 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
106 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
107 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
108 Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
109 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
110 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
111 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
112 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural    
113 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
114 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
115 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
116 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
117 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun    
118 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
119 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
120 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:28:28  
121 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:28:42  
122 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:34:13  
123 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
124 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
125 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
126 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
127 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
128 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp    
129 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
130 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
131 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team    
132 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
133 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
134 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
135 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
136 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
137 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
138 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
139 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:34:17  
140 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:34:13  
141 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
142 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge    
143 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
144 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
145 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
146 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
147 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
148 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
149 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
150 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
151 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre-Merida    
152 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
153 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
154 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun 0:34:51  
155 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:35:53  
156 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:39:33  
157 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:40:13  
DNF Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
DNF Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jetse Bol (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
Mountain 1 - Coll de Merolla (Cat. 3) 40.9km
1 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6 pts
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4  
3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 2  
4 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 1  
Mountain 2 - Alt de Pedraforca (Cat. 1) 70.6km
1 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16 pts
2 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 12  
3 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 10  
4 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 8  
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 6  
6 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4  
7 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 3  
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 2  
9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountain 3 - Alt de La Josa Del Cadi (Cat. 2) 86.3km
1 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 10 pts
2 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7  
3 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 5  
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 3  
5 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
6 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Mountain 4 - Port del Canto (HC) 172.3km
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 30 pts
2 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 25  
3 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 20  
4 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 16  
5 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ 12  
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 10  
7 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 8  
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4  
10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 3  
11 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2  
12 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1  
Mountain 5 - Port Aine (HC) 217.7km
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 30 pts
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 25  
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 20  
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 16  
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 12  
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 10  
7 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp 8  
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 6  
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4  
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 3  
11 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 2  
12 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
Sprint 1 - La Seu d'Urgell, 140.6km
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 3 pts
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
3 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 1  
Sprint 2 - Sort, 190.1km
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3 pts
2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 2  
3 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
Special sprint - Cruce Tuixent, 99.8km
1 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3 pts
2 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
3 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Teams
1 Garmin-Sharp 18:10:04  
2 Katusha 0:02:20  
3 RadioShack Leopard 0:05:30  
4 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:54  
5 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:37  
6 BMC Racing Team 0:11:16  
7 Lampre-Merida 0:11:47  
8 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:20:53  
9 Astana Pro Team 0:21:03  
10 Sky Procycling 0:21:42  
11 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:22:37  
12 Movistar Team 0:23:06  
13 Sojasun 0:25:03  
14 Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:26:49  
15 FDJ 0:29:28  
16 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:29:35  
17 Caja Rural 0:31:28  
18 Lotto Belisol 0:34:02  
19 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:40:29  
20 Orica-GreenEdge 0:47:12  
21 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:49:02  
22 Team Argos-Shimano 1:16:38  
General classification after stage 4
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 18:48:38  
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:10  
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:32  
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:36  
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:39  
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:51  
7 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:01:00  
8 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:07  
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:13  
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:15  
11 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:23  
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:47  
13 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 0:01:49  
14 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:51  
15 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:19  
16 Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:02:29  
17 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:32  
18 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:34  
19 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:38  
20 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:42  
21 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:57  
22 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:03:03  
23 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:03:11  
24 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:04:11  
25 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun 0:04:31  
26 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:42  
27 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:04:44  
28 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:46  
29 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:05:06  
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:13  
31 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:23  
32 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:05:24  
33 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:26  
34 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:06:31  
35 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:06:39  
36 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:53  
37 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:07:26  
38 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:39  
39 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:09:46  
40 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:56  
41 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:10:07  
42 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:10:30  
43 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:10:31  
44 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:11:54  
45 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:12:11  
46 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:12:34  
47 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:13:19  
48 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 0:13:20  
49 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:14:03  
50 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:14:59  
51 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:15:19  
52 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:15:30  
53 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:15:44  
54 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:16:10  
55 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:16:57  
56 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:18:42  
57 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:19:11  
58 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:19:15  
59 Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural 0:19:28  
60 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:19:55  
61 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard 0:20:08  
62 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:20:20  
63 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:20:59  
64 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:21:18  
65 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:21:20  
66 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:21:45  
67 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
68 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:22:21  
69 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:24:36  
70 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:25:19  
71 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:25:51  
72 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
73 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:25:57  
74 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
75 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:26:02  
76 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 0:26:52  
77 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 0:28:19  
78 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:28:21  
79 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:28:41  
80 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:28:50  
81 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 0:29:08  
82 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha 0:29:21  
83 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:30:00  
84 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun 0:30:04  
85 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 0:30:08  
86 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ    
87 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
88 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:30:49  
89 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:30:58  
90 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:31:23  
91 Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:31:47  
92 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 0:32:02  
93 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:32:05  
94 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:32:15  
95 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:32:54  
96 Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:33:04  
97 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:33:08  
98 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:33:57  
99 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:34:10  
100 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:34:14  
101 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:35:00  
102 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:35:15  
103 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:35:46  
104 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:35:52  
105 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:36:10  
106 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:38:14  
107 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:38:43  
108 Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
109 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:38:57  
110 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 0:39:17  
111 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
112 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:40:03  
113 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:40:09  
114 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 0:40:10  
115 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:40:26  
116 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:40:46  
117 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:41:43  
118 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:42:08  
119 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:42:45  
120 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
121 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
122 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
123 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural    
124 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
125 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun 0:42:56  
126 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:43:43  
127 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural 0:43:54  
128 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 0:44:27  
129 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano 0:44:43  
130 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
131 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team    
132 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:45:56  
133 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre-Merida 0:46:54  
134 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 0:47:43  
135 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
136 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:48:21  
137 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:48:38  
138 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:48:41  
139 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
140 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:48:45  
141 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
142 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
143 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
144 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
145 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge    
146 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
147 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
148 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
149 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
150 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
151 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp 0:49:12  
152 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun 0:49:23  
153 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 0:50:37  
154 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:50:49  
155 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:52:03  
156 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:52:06  
157 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:59:25  
Mountains classification
1 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 104 pts
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 51  
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 45  
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 36  
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 30  
6 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural 28  
7 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 27  
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 27  
9 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 26  
10 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 26  
11 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 24  
Sprint classification
1 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 12 pts
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 5  
3 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4  
4 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4  
5 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun 4  
6 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4  
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 3  
8 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3  
9 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 2  
10 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
Special sprint classification
1 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 6 pts
2 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4  
3 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3  
4 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
5 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
6 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun 2  
7 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2  
8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
9 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural 1  
10 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
Teams classification
1 Garmin-Sharp 56:28:24  
2 Katusha 0:02:19  
3 RadioShack Leopard 0:06:46  
4 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:40  
5 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:10:03  
6 Lampre-Merida 0:11:03  
7 BMC Racing Team 0:13:55  
8 Sky Procycling 0:20:27  
9 Astana Pro Team 0:21:24  
10 Movistar Team 0:22:37  
11 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:24:39  
12 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:26:46  
13 Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:30:17  
14 Sojasun 0:35:16  
15 Caja Rural 0:36:23  
16 FDJ 0:36:46  
17 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:42:43  
18 Lotto Belisol 0:43:41  
19 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:49:59  
20 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:58:24  
21 Orica-GreenEdge 1:13:59  
22 Team Argos-Shimano 1:44:01  

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TShame More than 1 year ago
Now, this is getting to be a great race.
lastplacerider More than 1 year ago
Are stages 6 & 7 difficult enough so Rodriguez and others can make up time?
Jesper Johannesen More than 1 year ago
With bonusseconds so definetly he can.
marcello More than 1 year ago
Maybe Dan Martin is a faster sprinter than Jouquin.
collins01 More than 1 year ago
Watch out for Niemiec!
SprocketDoc More than 1 year ago
6 is almost all downhill so no big gaps are likely to form and sprinters will probably take the bonuses at the end. 7 is a possibility as it's a circuit with a steep climb in it where Purito has performed well in the past. Having said that I suspect that Garmin will have enough firepower to keep this one.
colnago200 More than 1 year ago
If Wiggo can win Paris-Nice months before the TDF, but struggling (I use the word "struggle" relatively by the way!) now before the Giro, it doesnt bode too well
dts31999 More than 1 year ago
I think Wiggo looks like he's coming into good shape for the Giro. I think Paris-Nice generally suits Brad's abilities far more than Catalunya. On these kind of stages Wiggo's always going to be looking to limit his losses against the likes of Quintana and Rodrigues even though his climbing has improved a lot of the last couple of years. It will also be interesting to see how Dan Martin recovers after today's effort!
lastplacerider More than 1 year ago
Plus, the long TT 'in the Giro would be in his favor. Not sure about the uphill one.
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
Don't discount Hesjedal either. They're both testing their legs on some pretty tough climbs in anticipation of a slug-fest in Italy!!!
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
He has a good chance for the overall. Purito will be going after time bonuses but none of the stages finish on a steep climb. Garmin will need to dig deep I think
happytramp More than 1 year ago
Martin really has top protection in the form of Tommy D and Ryder so it'll be good to see what happens.
dsotherby More than 1 year ago
Don't forget Peter Stetina, he's sitting in the top 10 and he was their best place rider yesterday. He's riding on top form, so Dan has a strong team behind him.
marcello More than 1 year ago
Garmin appears to have a very strong team in Catalunya.
tallmisterj More than 1 year ago
I'm someone loathe to be encouraged by others' bad luck, but Valv.piti crashing out the same day that Dan Martin takes the stage + overall lead is doubly great news!!
happytramp More than 1 year ago
I have to say i agree. I'd never want anyone to crash but I'm delighted Valverde is gone. I really despise him. The only current rider I like less than the 'Skytrain'
paul archer More than 1 year ago
Dan Martin is shown as +10s on GC. Are there not time bonuses for the finish? In any case, he was -26 on Rodriguez after yesterday, and lead Rodriguez by +36 at the finish line today. In addition did he not get 3s on a sprint bonus. With finish line bonus should he not be +17s on Rodiguez, and at least +13s if there was no finish line bonus? confused.....
happytramp More than 1 year ago
I believe he was 30 seconds down on Rodriguez yesterday and finished 36 seconds ahead of him today. So +6 and +3 for the sprint gives him a total of +9 seconds. Not sure where the extra second came from (rounded up maybe?)
SprocketDoc More than 1 year ago
I'm struggling to understand Katusha's tactics today, why did they not get on the front with all their numbers and chase down Martin? In a race where Purito is a solid favourite (no ITT, steep/punchy finishes, home roads) I found it strange that they seemed to be "marking" Wiggins and sitting in behind an obviously depleted Sky mountain train. A bit more aggression or thinking would have delivered the jersey and they'd probably have held it to the end given Purito's quality on the Monjuic circuit. Awesome career ride from Martin..
paul archer More than 1 year ago
That doesnt add up. Rod was +4 y'day and Martin was +30. (so difference was -26) Today Dan won from Rod by a margin of +36. There is your +10sec without any bonuses (from intermediate sprint or finish) factored in. .... :o
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
This sport is the best, man! Props, Dan ....one helluva ride. Too bad about Valverde. Quintana and Purito in good form, closing fast on Dan Wiggins looking good .... not too bothered. Ryder getting some good training in without pushing too hard. Now for a bit of March Madness ....
dsotherby More than 1 year ago
It's funny how we put professionals on a high level when it comes to race smarts, but they so often fall short and do things that a Cat 4 would do. My point being that, as Dan Martin was finishing the last 200 meters, I was waiting to see if he was smart enough to drill it all the way to the line (like you would a time trial)... or if he'd sit up and start celebrating and lose valuable GC seconds. Sure enough, he sat up and started to celebrate 7 seconds before he crossed the line. He easily lost 1 or 2 seconds by sitting up, his chest in wind and soft-pedaling vs. head down sprinting to the line. In this era, where races are won and lost by seconds, it boggles my mind that these guys do this. Given that Rodriguez is only a 10 second time bonus away from a tie, it makes his early celebration even more infuriating. If this race is tied, I believe Rodriguez would win in the tie-break since he's typically a higher stage finisher. I love Dan Martin, which really makes it even more disappointing because I don't want him to lose because of pure silliness like this. UGH!!!
Azerjaboomafar More than 1 year ago
If I remember correctly this cost Westra the win earlier last year
BobAli More than 1 year ago
Not long ago, we did not see the TDF contenders until June do much more than roll round in the bunch now and again. Now we see them slugging it out in the smaller events. What an improvement!
marcello More than 1 year ago
That's good news. I would love see Dan and Garmin win more. There are 20 world tour teams and it is very difficult to win, but they have some quality riders and good results, and Vaughters is creative and active. Dan is an exciting aggressive talented rider. Wins are extremely hard to come by in this sport if you're not in the top 10 in the world (Sagan, Fabulous, Valverde, T. Martin, Rodriquez, etc.). I guess that's one reason they look so happy crossing the line.