Ruta del Sol: Coquard wins stage 4

GC unchanged on sprint stage

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) sprinted to victory in Sevilla on stage 4 of the Ruta del Sol, collecting his second victory of the season.

The Frenchman, who picked up his first victory at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana earlier this month, got the better of Daniel Hoelgaard (FDJ) on the flat finish in the city centre, with Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis), finishing third.

A technical finale and a chicane in the final 300 metres complicated the lead-outs, and positioning was all-important going round the final bend. Just after coming through it, Hoelgaard was in full flow, but Coquard didn’t panic and there was enough space for him to get on terms and come through for a narrow victory.

In what was the first ‘day off’ from a general classification perspective, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finished safely in the bunch to hold onto his overall lead.

The Spaniard leads the race by a second from compatriot Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Sunday’s final stage, which features hills but is nevertheless set to produce a bunch finish. That said, rain is predicted in the region tomorrow, and Valverde won’t be celebrating a moment too soon.

"Nothing is settled," he said. "With the rain forecast tomorrow, the potential mishaps require you to be fully on your guard."

How it unfolded

After two big mountain stages and an individual time trial, the sprinters who had ventured to Andalucia finally got what they were waiting for.

There were still some hills on the menu – three of them in fact – but they all came before the half-way mark on the 180km leg from La Campana to Sevilla. The rest was either downhill or flat, and the sprint teams were never going to allow things to slip from their control.

A breakaway went after around 27km, and it contained: Martijn Keizer (Lotto-Jumbo), Diego Rubio (Caja Rural), Jerome Cousin (Cofidis), Lukasz Owsian (CCC), Martijn Budding (Roompot) and Jens Wallays (Sport Vlaanderen).

The group built a lead of two and a half minutes as Budding collected the points on the first two climbs and Cousin the third – none of which were higher than second-category ascents – while Keizer won the intermediate sprint just after the final climb.

But they weren’t allowed much leeway from the sprint teams, which gradually reduced the gap in the second half of the race, bringing it below a minute with 30km to race. That said, there were glimmers of hope for the break heading into the final several kilometres, still with a gap of close to half a minute.

With 5km to go, however, they stopped collaborating, with Keizer, Rubio, and Cousin rolling the dice. That spelt their end, however, and Cousin was the last to be caught with 3.2km remaining.

At that point it was over to the sprint trains, with Direct Energie, Lotto Soudal and Cofidis all gathering at the front. A Roompot rider took a flyer inside the final two kilometres but took a wrong turn and took himself out of the picture.

There were several kinks and turns in the final kilometre, the last of which came some 280 metres from the line. Hoelgaard came through in pole position, but there was enough distance for Coquard to come through and show his superiority. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie4:10:33 
2Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
3Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
5Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
6Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
7Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
8Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
10Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
13Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida  
14Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
15Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb  
16Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
17Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
18Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH  
19Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH  
20Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
21José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
22Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
23Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
24Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
25Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
26Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
27Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
28Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
29Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
30Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
31Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
32Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
33Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
34Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
35Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
36Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac  
37Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
38Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
39Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
40Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
41Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
42Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
43Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky  
44Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
45William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
46Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
47Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
48Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
50Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
52Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
53Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
54Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ  
55David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
56Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
57Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
58Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
59Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
61Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
62Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
63Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
64Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
65Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
66Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
67Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
68Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac  
69Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
71André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
72Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH  
74Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
75Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
76Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida  
77Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
78Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
79Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
80Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
81Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
82David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH  
83Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
84Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
85Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
86Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
87Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
88Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
89Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
90Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
92Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
93Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH  
94Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
95Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
96Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
97Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
98Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
99Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
100Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
101Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
102Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
103Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH  
104Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
105Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
106Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
107Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
108Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
109Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:21 
110Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:00:39 
111Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:41 
112Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:55 
113Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:00:56 
114Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:10 
115Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:14 
116Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:01:21 
117Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
118Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
119Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
120Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac  
121Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac  
122Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
123Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
124Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:01:37 
125Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:55 
126Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:01 
127Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:08 
128Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:02:15 
129Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:34 
130Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:02:36 
131Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:02:49 
132Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
133Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:09 
134Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:04:00 
135Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:09 
136Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
137Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team13:12:07 
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:01 
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:06 
4Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:21 
5Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:00:45 
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:48 
7Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:52 
8Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:29 
9Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:01:48 
10Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:01:50 
11Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:57 
12Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb0:02:04 
13Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:02:27 
14Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:46 
15Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:47 
16Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:53 
17Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:13 
18Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:29 
19Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:48 
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:52 
21Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:04:59 
22Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
23Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:12 
24Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
25Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:05:25 
26André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:05:29 
27David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH0:05:36 
28Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:24 
29Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:04 
30Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:08:19 
31Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:53 
32Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:56 
33Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:42 
34Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:09:56 
35Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:57 
36Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:10:09 
37Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:12 
38Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:10:14 
39Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:10:18 
40Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:10:38 
41Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:26 
42Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:11:39 
43Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:12:00 
44Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:12:29 
45Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:12:38 
46Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:12:42 
47Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:13:00 
48Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:32 
49Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:13:46 
50Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:13:57 
51David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:14:34 
52Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH0:15:09 
53Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:15:10 
54Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:16:02 
55Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:16:05 
56Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:16:08 
57Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:17:02 
58Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:17:26 
59Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:18:06 
60Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:18:29 
61Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:18:35 
62Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:18:38 
63Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:19:49 
64Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:20 
65Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy0:21:10 
66Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:21:15 
67Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:21:21 
68Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:21:23 
69Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:21:44 
70Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb0:21:45 
71Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac0:21:53 
72Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:22:04 
73Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:22:20 
74Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:22:43 
75Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:23:11 
76Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH0:23:35 
77Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:23:49 
78Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:23:59 
79Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:24:16 
80Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:24:48 
81Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:25:19 
82Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:25:40 
83Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:25:41 
84Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:25:59 
85Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:26:27 
86Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:26:38 
87Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:26:42 
88Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:26:46 
89Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:26:58 
90Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
91Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy0:26:59 
92William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:27:23 
93Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:28:00 
94Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:28:07 
95Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:28:17 
96Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:28:43 
97Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:28:50 
98Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:28:54 
99Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:29:05 
100José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:29:08 
101Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:29:39 
102Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:30:35 
103Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:30:43 
104Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:30:45 
105Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:30:49 
106Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
107Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:30:53 
108Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:30:57 
109Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:31:45 
110Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:32:00 
111Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:32:28 
112Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:33:05 
113Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:33:06 
114Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:33:09 
115Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:33:36 
116Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
117Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:34:00 
118Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:34:23 
119Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:34:29 
120Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team0:34:36 
121Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:35:00 
122Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:35:07 
123Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:35:28 
124Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:35:31 
125Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:35:34 
126Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH0:35:48 
127Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:36:37 
128Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:37:17 
129Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:37:56 
130Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:38:07 
131Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH0:38:53 
132Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:39:23 
133Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:39:45 
134Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:41:03 
135Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:41:38 
136Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:41:55 
137Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:48:49 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team63 pts
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ48 
3Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo46 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb32 pts
2Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy18 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team16 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy3 pts
2Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
3Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb3 
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