Lopez wins stage 4, Evenepoel leads GC in Algarve

Miguel Angel Lopez shown his climbing skills by taking the victory at the mountain finish of the fourth stage at the Volta ao Algarve.

The short but steep summit finish was the last chance for the climbers to try to dislodge Evenepoel going into Sunday’s 20km individual time trial.

Lopez left his attack until the closing stages, jumping clear and powering away towards the finish despite the best efforts of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) to bring him back.

“We wanted to win the second stage but things didn’t go right. Today they did. I’ve got to thank the team for great work today all day. This is the first fruit of the great work we’ve done. It’s for them and my family in Colombia,” Lopez said.

Evenepoel is now tied on the same time as Martin and Schachmann at the top of the GC, with López now in fourth, only a single second behind.

Volta ao Algarve 2020 – stage 4 results (Albufeira – Malhão):

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

4:16:25

2Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

+02”

3Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+04”

4Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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5Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+05”

6Simon Geschke (CCC)

+14”

7Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto)

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8Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+19”

10Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

+21”

Volta ao Algarve 2020 – general classification after stage 4:

1Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

18:59:35

2Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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3Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+01”

5Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+03”

6Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto)

+18”

7Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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8Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

+19”

9Simon Geschke (CCC)

+24”

10Federico Figueiredo (Atum General/Tavira/Maria Nova Hotel)

+31”

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