Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Samuel Sanchez wins stage 4 in Orio

Samuel Sanchez launched a winning attack with one kilometre to go over the top of a small climb and held off the chase to take a slim but solo victory on stage 4 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The BMC rider finished just ahead of chasers Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin).

Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo) moved into the overall lead by six seconds ahead of Sergio Henao (Team Sky). Henao’s teammate Mikel Landa, who struggled over the decisive final climb of Aia, slipped into third at seven seconds back.

Never an easy day at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, stage 4 took the peloton on a 165km race from Lesaka to Orio. The day’s climbs began with Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat 1) and Aldo de Arkale (Cat 3).

After a somewhat flatter section of terrain and some reprieve, the racers hit the Alto de Aia (Cat 2) and the Alto de Garate (Cat 2). The race ended with two climbs over the Alto de Aia (Cat 2) followed by a fast descent and a small uphill kick to the finish line in Orio.

The start of the stage saw the overall classification in a tight-knit battle led by Landa, who was only one second ahead of Keldermann, but he could start the stage with some added confidence knowing his teammate Henao was close behind in third, five seconds back.

The day’s breakaway of six riders were Simone Petilli (Lampre-Merida), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Christopher Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), Carlos Verona (Etixx-QuickStep) and Angel Vicioso (Katusha).

The breakaway split up briefly over the Garate ascent with Mate leading Verona, Wellens and Riblon over the top, but Vicioso and Petilli soon caught back up on the other side.

Team Sky had set the pace for all of the stage, keeping the breakaway at roughly 2:30 minutes but they increased their speed at the front of the peloton to bring that gap down to 1:30 with 22km to go.

On the Aia, Barguil jumped ahead of the Team Sky-led main group and Tinkoff sent Roman Kreuziger on his heels to take the pressure off of Alberto Contador. Astana soon came to the fore and shut down the move altogether.

Viscioso fell off pace over the climb and was eventually swept up by the field, but the other five breakaway riders continued on with a one-minute lead.

The next time up Aia, Wellens and Verona gapped their breakaway companions, as the riders behind were grinding their gears just to get over the steep incline. Team Sky continued a strong hold on the smaller 40-some-man field.

On the steepest section, which was reported to be 28%, Contador, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Henao bridge up to the two breakaway riders, but race leader Landa fell further and further back in the field.

Over the top, Verona attacked the newly formed lead group and although Wellens tried to get across it was a case of too little too late and by the time they reached the descent Verona was already ahead by six seconds.

Verona built his lead to 15 seconds over chasers Mate and Wellens, while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Fabio Aru (Astana), who emerged off of the steep slopes of Aia, chased further back.

Wellens and Mate caught Verona with just under three kilometres to go but a quick pace set by Kreuziger at the front of the field, with Costa on his wheel, resulted in the race coming back together with two kilometres to go.

Contador made a move on the small kicker toward the finish line and Henao tried to latch onto his wheel.

Sanchez followed closely and then launched an attack that Contador could not respond to, and he built a small gap over the top. Tucked into a tight aero position on the descent, Sanchez powered his way to the finish line in Orio to take the stage victory for BMC. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team4:13:12
2Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 10 - Cell 2
12Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 16 - Cell 2
18Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:08
19Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:11
23Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:00:13
24Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team KatushaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:00:18
28Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:19
29Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:27
31Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:00:39
32Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:07
34Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:17
35Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:24
38Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:01:48
41Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:02:14
44Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:26
45Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:02:35
46Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:46
47Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 46 - Cell 2
48Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:49
49Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:52
50Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team0:04:52
51Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 52 - Cell 2
54Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 55 - Cell 2
57Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:07:26
61Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 62 - Cell 2
64Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 63 - Cell 2
65Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 64 - Cell 2
66Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 65 - Cell 2
67Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 67 - Cell 2
69Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension DataRow 68 - Cell 2
70Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 70 - Cell 2
72Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 71 - Cell 2
73Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 72 - Cell 2
74Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 75 - Cell 2
77Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team KatushaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team KatushaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:11:10
81Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 81 - Cell 2
83Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 83 - Cell 2
85Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team SkyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 92 - Cell 2
94Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 93 - Cell 2
95Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 98 - Cell 2
100Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 104 - Cell 2
106Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 108 - Cell 2
110Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 109 - Cell 2
111Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 110 - Cell 2
112Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:13:20
113Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:13:40
114Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 113 - Cell 2
115Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo0:15:33
116Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling0:16:41
117Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:18:16
119Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 119 - Cell 2
121Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 120 - Cell 2
122Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 121 - Cell 2
123Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 122 - Cell 2
124William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 123 - Cell 2
125Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
126David Tanner (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 126 - Cell 2
128Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 127 - Cell 2
129Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 128 - Cell 2
130Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 129 - Cell 2
131Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 130 - Cell 2
132Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 131 - Cell 2
133Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 133 - Cell 2
135Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team KatushaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 135 - Cell 2
137Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 137 - Cell 2
139Xabier Zandio (Spa) Team SkyRow 138 - Cell 2
140Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:58
141Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension DataRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 141 - Cell 2
143Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 142 - Cell 2
144Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 143 - Cell 2
145Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 144 - Cell 2
146Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 145 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Zumaia (Guascor)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3pts
2Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2- Zarautz - Euromar
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3pts
2Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Cruce Poligono Ubegun
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step3pts
2Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Jaizkibel
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling10pts
2Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Moutnain 2- Arkale
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling3pts
2Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Aia
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6pts
2Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida1Row 3 - Cell 3
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