Clarke wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana

Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) claimed stage 4 of the Vuelta a España and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) moved into the overall lead at the summit finish at Valdezcaray on day that saw Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lose his red jersey in rather contentious circumstances.

Valverde was one of a number of fallers in a crash inside the final 30 kilometres, just as Chris Froome’s Sky team was looking to split the peloton in the stiff crosswinds that buffeted the race on the run-in to the day’s final climb. Although Sky had already begun to set the pace just before Valverde came a cropper, the British team paid no heed to his plight and persisted in their efforts all the way to the foot of the Valdezcaray, in spite of the exhortations of Valverde’s teammate Beñat Inxausti.

Rodriguez’s Katusha team briefly aided in the pace-making at the front before relenting on learning of Valverde’s fall, while Alberto Contador’s Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team maintained a watching brief throughout.

The merits or otherwise of Sky’s particular interpretation of cycling’s unwritten rules are sure to be debated at length in the days to come, but their actions had an immediate impact out on the road. The peloton split into four echelons, with Valverde caught up wreckage of the peloton, scavenging from group to group in a doomed attempt to catch the leaders.

Valverde managed to limit his losses on Froome, Rodriguez and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) to 55 seconds by the finish, but the Spaniard – who this year returned from suspension for his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation – cut an irate figure as he crossed the line.

“They didn’t have the balls to stop, they chose an unsporting way,” Valverde said at the finish. “Sky formed an echelon and they’re perfectly within their rights to do that. I’m not cross that I lost the lead because of this, but because there was no respect.”

Sky’s Juan Antonio Flecha was on the front when Valverde fell but he claimed that he was not aware that the red jersey had hit the deck. “Nobody told me to stop and I only heard later that Valverde had fallen,” he said.

While Valverde was picking through the debris at the rear of the field, Simon Clarke was riding to the first win of his career up ahead. The Australian had been part of the day’s early break and he was the only one of their number who could match Tony Martin’s (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) pressing at the foot of the final climb.

Martin and Clarke had a lead of 4 minutes at that juncture, the steepest section of the Valdezcaray, and they measured their effort perfectly on the shallower slopes that followed in the final 9 kilometres to hold off their erstwhile companion Assan Bazayev (Astana). Even when an Alberto Contador acceleration behind dramatically cut away a large swathe of their lead in the finale, the pair refused to panic and emerged to fight out a tense sprint at the summit.

Clarke showed considerable sangfroid in the closing metres, marshalling Martin to the front and then refusing to accept his invitation to lead out from distance, before dispatching the German with room to spare in the sprint.

"Tony is a really good time triallist, but I thought I could have him in a sprint. I made sure to have him in front in the wind,” Clarke said. “This is my first win as pro, I've been a pro for four years and I've tried so many times, I've had so many seconds and third places, I'm just so happy.

"It was such a long day with so much wind in the finish. I knew Tony would be strong, but I wanted to make it a hard climb because I knew Bazayev is fast.”

Contador on the offensive

The category 1 climb to the ski station at Valdezcaray will have dominated the tactical discussions aboard the team buses in Barakaldo before the start, and the peloton was more than happy to allow a break sally off the front in the opening hour of racing. Martin, Clarke, Bazayev, Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) gratefully accepted the invitation, and at one point the quintet held a 13-minute lead.

Sky’s ferocious stint of pace-making in the kilometres either side of Valverde’s crash saw that advantage tumble dramatically in the finale, and when the overall contenders began to race in earnest on the final, 13.4km ascent to the finish, they knew that were racing for possession of the red jersey if not necessarily the stage win.

After launching no fewer than seven attacks on the Alto de Arrate the previous day, Alberto Contador was slightly more circumspect on the longer climb on Monday, as if acknowledging that he must still feel his way back to full form following his return from suspension in early August.

Nonetheless, the Spaniard will have been in equal parts encouraged and frustrated by his exploratory probe on the steepest section of the final climb. Aided by his teammate Daniel Navarro, Contador succeeded in pulling Chris Froome and Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) clear of the main group of favourites. In spite of a further acceleration, however, he was unable to rid himself of Froome and they were reeled in by a resolute Katusha chase three kilometres later on.

Contador’s attack did yield a collateral gain nearer the summit, as Igor Anton (Euskatel-Euskadi) wilted and conceded 30 seconds. Rodriguez, Froome and Contador are separated by a mere five seconds in the top three positions overall, with the Rabobank pair of Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink just behind, and the battle lines for final overall victory are already beginning to be drawn.

“Alberto put in a good acceleration on the climb but I preferred to stay calm and wait to chase,” Rodriguez said after he pulled on the red jersey of overall leader.

Another impressive performer on the stage was Nicolas Roche, who continued alone after Contador and Froome sat up. The Irishman was joined in the closing kilometres by the aggressive Marcos Garcia (Caja Rural), Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan) and Laurens ten Dam, and they came home just ahead of the main group of favourites.

The story of the day was Valverde's fall and Sky's actions thereafter, however, and it remains to be seen if the reverberations from the inevitable polemic will impact on the race once the dust has settled. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge4:30:26
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:02
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:22
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:55
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:57
7Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:01
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:04
10Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 9 - Cell 2
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 13 - Cell 2
15Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISDRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 16 - Cell 2
18Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 20 - Cell 2
22Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 22 - Cell 2
24Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 25 - Cell 2
27Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:34
33Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 32 - Cell 2
34Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 33 - Cell 2
35Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:01:57
37Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:59
38Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) AndaluciaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 39 - Cell 2
41John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 42 - Cell 2
44Hernani Broco (Por) Caja RuralRow 43 - Cell 2
45Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 44 - Cell 2
46Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:08
47Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:03:00
49Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:15
51Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:42
52Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 51 - Cell 2
53Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:53
54Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:15
55Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) AndaluciaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 58 - Cell 2
60Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 59 - Cell 2
61Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 62 - Cell 2
64Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 64 - Cell 2
66Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 66 - Cell 2
68Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:05:07
72Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:05:51
73Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:17
74Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 73 - Cell 2
75Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 74 - Cell 2
76Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 75 - Cell 2
77Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) AndaluciaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:07:53
80Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:28
81Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 80 - Cell 2
82Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 83 - Cell 2
85Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 85 - Cell 2
87David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja RuralRow 86 - Cell 2
88Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 88 - Cell 2
90Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 90 - Cell 2
92Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 91 - Cell 2
93Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 94 - Cell 2
96Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 96 - Cell 2
98Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 100 - Cell 2
102Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 101 - Cell 2
103Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 102 - Cell 2
104David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 103 - Cell 2
105Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 104 - Cell 2
106Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 105 - Cell 2
107Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:12:14
108Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 107 - Cell 2
109Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-NissanRow 108 - Cell 2
110Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-ShimanoRow 111 - Cell 2
113Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 113 - Cell 2
115Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 118 - Cell 2
120Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 119 - Cell 2
121Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 120 - Cell 2
122Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 121 - Cell 2
123Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) AndaluciaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) AndaluciaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 125 - Cell 2
127Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-NissanRow 126 - Cell 2
128Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 127 - Cell 2
129Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:14:50
132Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia0:15:01
133Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:15:42
134Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - SharpRow 133 - Cell 2
135Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 136 - Cell 2
138Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 138 - Cell 2
140Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-ShimanoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 140 - Cell 2
142Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja RuralRow 141 - Cell 2
143Richie Porte (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 142 - Cell 2
144Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 143 - Cell 2
145Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 145 - Cell 2
147Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 146 - Cell 2
148Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 147 - Cell 2
149Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 148 - Cell 2
150Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 151 - Cell 2
153Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) AndaluciaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 156 - Cell 2
158Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 157 - Cell 2
159Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 158 - Cell 2
160Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 160 - Cell 2
162Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 161 - Cell 2
163Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 162 - Cell 2
164William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 163 - Cell 2
165Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 164 - Cell 2
166Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 165 - Cell 2
167Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 166 - Cell 2
168Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 167 - Cell 2
169Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 168 - Cell 2
170Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 170 - Cell 2
172Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 171 - Cell 2
173Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
175Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 175 - Cell 2
177Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 176 - Cell 2
178Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 177 - Cell 2
179Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:19:34
180Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:19:49
181Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 180 - Cell 2
182Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 181 - Cell 2
183Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 182 - Cell 2
184Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 183 - Cell 2
185Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
186Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 185 - Cell 2
187Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 186 - Cell 2
188Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 187 - Cell 2
189Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 188 - Cell 2
190Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) AndaluciaRow 189 - Cell 2
191Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 190 - Cell 2
192Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 191 - Cell 2
193Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 192 - Cell 2
194Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja RuralRow 193 - Cell 2
195Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja RuralRow 194 - Cell 2
196Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:20:27
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 196 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1- Haro, 111.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4pts
2Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Intermediate sprint, 131km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3- Estación de Valdezcaray, 160.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge25pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Puerto de Orduña (Cat.1), 52km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Estación de Valdezcaray (Cat. 1), 161km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge10pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Astana Pro Team13:33:45
2Radioshack - Nissan0:00:38
3Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lampre - ISD0:00:45
5SKY ProcyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Caja Rural0:01:31
7AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Katusha Team0:01:38
9Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:01:40
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:15
11Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:03:58
12Movistar Team0:04:29
13Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:51
14Lotto Belisol Team0:06:34
16Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:07:29
17Team Argos - Shimano0:10:18
18Garmin - Sharp0:11:01
19BMC Racing Team0:15:22
20FDJ - Big Mat0:15:52
21Liquigas - Cannondale0:18:28
22Orica Greenedge0:24:37
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team13:18:45
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:01
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:05
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:11
7Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:14
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:24
9Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:36
10Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:46
11Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:47
12Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:52
13Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:00:53
14Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:55
16Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57
17Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:01:17
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:01:26
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:33
21Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:34
22Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:35
23Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:38
24Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 23 - Cell 2
25Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:50
26Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55
27Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:01
28Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:15
29Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:25
30Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:35
31John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:40
32Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:02:41
33Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:02:48
34Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-NissanRow 33 - Cell 2
35Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:53
37Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:41
38Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:03:43
39Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:53
40Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:10
41Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia0:04:20
42Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:04:24
43Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:04:28
44Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:42
45Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:00
46Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:05:06
47Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:25
48Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:27
49Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:43
50Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:05:48
51Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:06