Nibali surprised to be back in Vuelta lead

Vincenzo Nibali's return to the top spot of the Vuelta a España at the conclusion of stage four caught the 28-year-old Italian completely off guard. Team buses had been parked four kilometres away from the finish because of restrictions on space at the Fisterra lighthouse finish, and Nibali was actually on his bike, en route for a shower and change of clothes, when the news came through: overnight leader Chris Horner was caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton, transferring the red jersey to Nibali's back by three seconds.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.