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Julian Alaphilippe wins Colombia Oro y Paz’s first summit finish

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A powerful acceleration netted both the stage victory and the leader’s jersey for Julian Alaphilippe on the first uphill finish of Colombia Oro y Paz.

The Quick-Step Floors fiesta continued at the first edition of the South American race, where Alaphilippe landed the team’s fourth consecutive victory on Mirador Tambo, a 4.7km-long climb averaging 5.6% which came at the end of the fourth stage.

Helped by his two teammates, Fernando Gaviria took all three intermediate sprints on the course, further extending his lead in the points classification, on which he already had a firm grip after blasting to victory on the previous three stages. With the climbers eager to grab with both hands their first opportunity of the week and to make inroads in the general classification, the lead of the twenty men up the road was always kept in check and didn’t go north of three minutes at any point.

Both Sergio Henao (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) surged off the front, but Alaphilippe comfortably responded before blasting past them inside the final 300 meters and opening his 2018 account with a win, his first in South America.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am with this win. When I arrived here last week, I didn’t expect to take a stage victory, so having won one gives me big satisfaction, especially as it came against some of the best climbers in the world. This makes the victory even sweeter. It wouldn’t have been possible without this great team and the help of our sports director Davide Bramati, who told me before the start to anticipate on a short downhill section right before the final bend, which I did”, said Alaphilippe, the first Frenchman since Bernard Hinault, in 1986, victorious in a Colombian race.

“Right after the finish, I thanked Jhonatan Narvaez for his work, because he played a big part in my success. This is the spirit of the Wolfpack that we’re always talking about. We never give up and always stay together, helping each other”, the 25-year-old Frenchman, who sits also at the top of the mountain classification, explained. “To keep the pink jersey in the team is fantastic, but at the same time I know that the next two stages will be more difficult. The plan is to take it day by day and see where we’ll stand on Sunday afternoon.”

Colombia Oro y Paz 2018 – stage 4 results (Buga – Alto BoquerĂ³n):

1 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

3:17:36

2 Sergio Henao (Team Sky)

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3 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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4 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)

+03”

5 Jhonatan Narvaez (Quick-Step Floors)

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6 Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

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7 Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)

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8 Danny Osorio (Orgullo Paisa)

+08”

9 Diego Camargo (EPM)

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10 Aristobulo Cala (Bicicletas Strongman Colombia Coldeportes)

+11”

General classification after stage 4:

1 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

12:44:06

2 Sergio Henao (Team Sky)

+04”

3 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+06”

4 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)

+13”

5 Jhonatan Narvaez (Quick-Step Floors)

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6 Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

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7 Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)

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8 Danny Osorio (Orgullo Paisa)

+18”

9 Diego Ochoa (EPM)

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10 Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel)

+21”