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Pogacar claims stage 4 and reclaims GC lead in Volta Valenciana

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Tadej Pogacar won the fourth stage and retook the overall lead of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana after breaking clear of his rivals on the final climb to snatch victory.

The Slovenian attacked half-way up a brutal 5.1 kilometre climb at the end of a 170km run from Calp to Altea. Pogacar caught the lone survivor of a three-man breakaway, Greg Van Avermaet, on a slope where gradients reached 20 per cent.

Wout Poels gave chase but could not close the gap and finished second, at the head of a small knot of pursuers, six seconds back.

Tao Geoghan Har was third as overnight leader, Jack Haig of Mitchelton Scott, finished fifth.

Pogacar enters the final stage on Sunday, a largely flat 98km-run from Paterna to Valencia, leading Haig by six seconds.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – stage 4 results (Calp – Altea):

1Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

4:22:03

2Wouter Poels (Bahrain McLaren)

+06”

3Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)

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4Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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5Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

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6Dylan Teuns (Bahrain McLaren)

+23”

7Ion Izagirre (Astana)

+32”

8Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal)

+42”

9Oscar Rodriguez (Astana)

+45”

10Ruben Fernandez (Fundacion-Orbea)

+49”

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – general classification after stage 4:

1Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

16:38:28

2Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

+06”

3Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)

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4Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

+13”

5Dylan Teuns (Bahrain McLaren)

+23”

6Wouter Poels (Bahrain McLaren)

+25”

7Ion Izagirre (Astana)

+32”

8Ruben Fernandez (Fundacion-Orbea)

+49”

9Oscar Rodriguez (Astana)

+01’11”

10Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+01’14”