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João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) beat Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a mountaintop sprint finish to win stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya above the snowline at Boí Taüll in the heart of the Pyrenees.

The trio got away in the final two kilometres, distanced Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and race leader Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën) and then went elbow to elbow in the sweeping final corners and in the dirt road finishing sprint.

O’Connor cracked and finished 23 seconds behind and so lost the race lead, slipping to fourth at 16 seconds.

Almeida, Quintana and Higuita took the 10, six and four-second time bonuses, putting Almeida and Quintana on the same time. However the Colombian took the race leader’s white and green jersey thanks to better stage placings.

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Stage 4 – brief results
Place Rider (Country) Team Result
1 João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates 04:20:27
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic
3 Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious 00:00:07
5 Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 00:00:13
6 Juan Ayuso Pesquera (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
7 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
8 Jai Hindley (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
9 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers
10 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis

General classification after stage 4
Place Rider (Country) Team Result
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic 17:04:53
2 João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates
3 Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:06
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:17
5 Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious
6 Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroen Team
7 Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 00:00:23
8 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 00:00:26
10 Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 00:00:34
SOURCE: CyclingNews   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Stephen Farrand
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