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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 4 results

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Tuesday, Aug 26: Mairena del Alcor - Córdoba, 164.7 km

Stage 4 live updates | Stage 4 map and profile |

Michael Matthews

Race leader Michael Matthews at the start of today's stage. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Another hot, dry day in southern Spain. Temperatures hit 40C (+100F).

A soon as the riders had finished the neutralized section and the flag had dropped, a four-man break jumped away from the pack: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar).

Protecting their race leader Michael Matthews, Orica-GreenEdge put several riders at the front of the pack. Over the first of the day's two categorized climbs Jimmy Engoulvent (joined by Amets Txurruka who had bridged from the peloton) led by a few seconds. Back in the pack the heat and the climb was starting to wreak havoc with many of the riders.

The second climb, the Alto del Catorce por Ciento, a second-category ascent, sent about two-thirds of the peloton out the back door, including several big-time sprinters like Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni. But, John Degenkolb and Michael Matthews did survive. All of the breakaway riders were caught.

Alejandro Valverde was part of of a four-man move that went clear on the descent, but the pack was well aware of the danger and chased with vigor, catching the last of the break with nine kilometers to go.

That left abut sixty riders to contest the sprint. John Degenkolb timed his move perfectly, coming from several riders back to win the stage by a couple of bike lengths.

Race leader Michael Matthews was third today, preserving his overall lead.

Complete Stage 4 Results:

Winner's average speed: 40.681 km/hr

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 4hr 2min 55sec
2 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
3 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
4 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
5 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
6 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
7 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
8 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
9 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
10 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team
11 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
12 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida
13 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
14 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka
15 José Herrada Movistar Team
16 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling
17 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano
18 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
19 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
20 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
21 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha
22 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo
23 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
24 Christopher Froome Team SKY
25 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits
26 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr
27 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
28 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
29 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team
30 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
31 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
32 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol
33 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
34 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida
35 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
36 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
37 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
38 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
39 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team
40 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
41 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team
42 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
43 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
44 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida
45 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
46 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
47 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp
48 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
49 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA
50 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo
51 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team
52 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
53 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha
54 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
55 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
56 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team
57 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team
58 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo
59 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo
60 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step @ 10 seconds
61 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 18''
62 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 25''
63 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 26''
64 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 32''
65 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano + 45''
66 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 53''
67 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 1' 01''
68 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge + 1' 47''
69 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge
70 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3' 42''
71 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano
72 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
73 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
74 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale
75 Alberto Losada Team Katusha
76 Romain Sicard Team Europcar
77 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
78 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida
79 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling
80 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
81 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
82 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 4' 53''
83 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 6' 15''
84 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling
85 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka
86 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team
87 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
88 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp
89 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano
90 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
91 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 8' 31''
92 Philip Deignan Team SKY
93 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
94 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA
95 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team
96 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
97 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
98 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
99 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol
100 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 10' 47''
101 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp
102 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
103 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
104 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits
105 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
106 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
107 León Sánchez Luis Caja Rural Seguros RGA
108 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
109 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
110 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
111 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
112 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
113 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha
114 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha
115 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY
116 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 13' 40''
117 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
118 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY
119 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 13' 44''
120 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
121 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
122 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
123 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team
124 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA
125 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team
126 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team
127 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team
128 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
129 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp
130 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar
131 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
132 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge
133 David Millar Garmin Sharp
134 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
135 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp
136 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing
137 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
138 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
139 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida
140 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
141 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling
142 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
143 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr
144 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
145 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
146 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha
147 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
148 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
149 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
150 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing
151 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
152 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling
153 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
154 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
155 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol
156 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
157 Christian Knees Team SKY
158 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
159 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 16' 55''
160 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo
161 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo
162 Dan Craven Team Europcar
163 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
164 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge
165 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling
166 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
167 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
168 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling
169 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
170 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
171 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
172 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale
173 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr
174 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
175 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka
176 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol
177 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing
178 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge
179 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
180 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
181 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar
182 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
183 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
184 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
185 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar
186 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
187 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
188 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka
189 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale
190 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale
191 Adriano Malori Movistar Team
192 Luke Rowe Team SKY
193 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling
194 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling
195 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr
196 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge
197 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka
198 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 17' 37''

GC after Stage 4:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 13hr 30min 44sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 8 seconds
3 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team + 15''
4 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 19''
5 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 21''
6 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
7 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 24''
8 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
9 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 27''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
11 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 29''
13 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
14 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 34''
15 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 35''
16 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 40''
17 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 41''
18 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 42''
19 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
20 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 43''
21 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 44''
22 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 45''
23 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
24 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
25 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo
26 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 46''
27 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 49''
28 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 56''
29 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
30 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
31 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
32 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp
33 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team + 59''
34 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 1' 03''
35 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 06''
36 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
37 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 1' 08''
38 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 11''
39 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 1' 15''
40 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 1' 20''
41 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 22''
42 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 1' 34''
43 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 1' 36''
44 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 46''
45 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 1' 51''
46 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 57''
47 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 2' 03''
48 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2' 16''
49 José Herrada Movistar Team + 2' 29''
50 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 2' 32''
51 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 45''
52 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano + 3' 00''
53 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 3' 07''
54 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 3' 24''
55 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 3' 39''
56 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 3' 57''
57 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 4' 06''
58 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge + 4' 19''
59 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 4' 20''
60 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 4' 27''
61 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 4' 42''
62 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 4' 46''
63 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 4' 50''
64 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 4' 56''
65 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 4' 59''
66 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 5' 00''
67 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
68 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5' 10''
69 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 5' 14''
70 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 5' 35''
71 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 5' 41''
72 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 5' 42''
73 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 5' 45''
74 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 6' 36''
75 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 6' 37''
76 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 6' 55''
77 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 7' 01''
78 Koldo Fernández Garmin Sharp + 7' 26''
79 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale
80 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 46''
81 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 8' 02''
82 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 8' 16''
83 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 8' 39''
84 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 9' 14''
85 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol + 9' 16''
86 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 9' 19''
87 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 9' 23''
88 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 9' 57''
89 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 10' 12''
90 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 10' 19''
91 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 10' 21''
92 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 10' 44''
93 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 11' 05''
94 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 11' 08''
95 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
96 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
97 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing + 11' 11''
98 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 11' 29''
99 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 11' 50''
100 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 12' 21''
101 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 12' 44''
102 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 13' 02''
103 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 13' 07''
104 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
105 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 13' 54''
106 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 14' 10''
107 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 14' 28''
108 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 14' 32''
109 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 14' 42''
110 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 14' 49''
111 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 14' 56''
112 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 15' 02''
113 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 15' 05''
114 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 15' 22''
115 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 15' 30''
116 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 15' 32''
117 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 15' 42''
118 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 15' 43''
119 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 15' 45''
120 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 15' 55''
121 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 15' 58''
122 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 16' 02''
123 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 16' 16''
124 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 16' 26''
125 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida + 16' 35''
126 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 16' 47''
127 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 16' 52''
128 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling + 17' 35''
129 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 17' 38''
130 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 17' 44''
131 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 17' 50''
132 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 17' 55''
133 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling + 18' 09''
134 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 18' 12''
135 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 18' 17''
136 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA
137 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 18' 32''
138 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 18' 37''
139 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 18' 39''
140 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 18' 52''
141 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 18' 57''
142 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 19' 11''
143 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 19' 16''
144 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 19' 18''
145 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 19' 20''
146 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 19' 25''
147 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 19' 37''
148 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 19' 41''
149 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 19' 44''
150 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 19' 55''
151 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 20' 07''
152 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 20' 13''
153 Christian Knees Team SKY + 20' 25''
154 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 20' 33''
155 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 20' 35''
156 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 20' 47''
157 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 20' 52''
158 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 20' 53''
159 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling + 20' 56''
160 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 21' 09''
161 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr + 21' 25''
162 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 21' 49''
163 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 21' 50''
164 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 21' 51''
165 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 22' 00''
166 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 22' 04''
167 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 22' 07''
168 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 22' 20''
169 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 22' 27''
170 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 22' 47''
171 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 22' 48''
172 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 22' 50''
173 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 22' 56''
174 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 22' 57''
175 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 23' 59''
176 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 24' 08''
177 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr + 24' 15''
178 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 24' 27''
179 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 28' 15''
180 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 30' 36''
181 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 31' 54''
182 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 32' 48''
183 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 33' 39''
184 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 33' 40''
185 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 34' 08''
186 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 34' 41''
187 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 34' 46''
188 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 35' 01''
189 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar + 35' 36''
190 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 35' 59''
191 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 36' 12''
192 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 36' 36''
193 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 36' 45''
194 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 36' 55''
195 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 38' 22''
196 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 39' 10''
197 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 41' 13''
198 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 45' 08''

Points Classification:

1 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 45 points
2 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 45
3 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 33
4 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 32
5 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale 21
6 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 20
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 16
8 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 16
9 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
10 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 14
11 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14
12 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 14
13 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12
14 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
15 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 10
16 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 10
17 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
18 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 9
19 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
20 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 9
21 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
22 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 7
23 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 7
24 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team 7
25 Christopher Froome Team SKY 6
26 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 6
27 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 6
28 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
29 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
30 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
31 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
32 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
33 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 4
34 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 4
35 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 3
36 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
37 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
38 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2
39 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
40 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
41 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 2
42 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 2
43 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
44 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
45 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
46 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 1
47 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 9 points
2 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 9
3 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 6
4 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 5
5 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 3
6 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
7 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
8 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
9 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
10 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
11 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
12 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Team Classification:

1 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 40hr 4min 29sec
2 BMC Racing Team @ 9 seconds
3 Team Katusha + 26''
4 Omega Pharma - Quick Step + 29''
5 Astana Pro Team + 32''
6 Movistar Team + 36''
7 Garmin Sharp + 36''
8 Lampre - Merida + 1' 02''
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 1' 44''
10 Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 36''
11 Orica GreenEdge + 3' 13''
12 Team Giant - Shimano + 3' 21''
13 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 4' 13''
14 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 5' 06''
15 Team SKY + 8' 53''
16 MTN - Qhubeka + 9' 38''
17 Lotto Belisol + 10' 07''
18 AG2R La Mondiale + 10' 48''
19 Trek Factory Racing + 11' 39''
20 Team Europcar + 20' 28''
21 FDJ.fr + 21' 34''
22 IAM Cycling + 32' 58''

Stage 4 Live Updates:

Weather at Córdoba at 1PM local time: 34C (93F) and forecast to go to 39C (103F)! some clouds but will clear to full sun. 24% humidity. Wind from the north at 5 km/hr (3 mph)

Km 23, 142 km to go: All 198 riders signed in and started today. During the first kilometer a four-man break went clear: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar). The quartet currently leads the peloton by 3min 46sec.

Km 44, 121 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge has put several riders at the front of the peloton and the break's gap has come down to 2min 25sec. After an hour of racing the average speed has been 41.6 km/hr

Km 69, 96 km to go: It's blisteringly hot and dry. Very early in the stage riders were going back to their team cars for water bottles. During yesterday's hot stage Omega Pharma went through 200 bottles. The break is 2min 48sec ahead of the Orica-GreenEdge led peloton. Even with a category two climb near the finish, Orica-GreenEdge remain confident in Michael Matthews and his ability to repeat yesterday's win, "...yesterday we showed that our team is perfect and we should be able to do it again."

Km 87, 78 km to go: Results for the intermediate sprint at Posadas, 1st Sébastien turgot, 2nd Gert Joeaar, 3rd Jimmy Engoulvent. The Orica-GreenEdge-led peloton has kept the break of four riders within reach. Right now the gap is 2min 25sec.

Km 108, 56 to go: The race is coming to the first of two categorized climbs, the third category Alto de San Jeronimo. The break has just 33 seconds.

54 km to go: Sébastien Turgot (Ag2r) has been dropped by the break on the climb. Now there are three off the front with a gap of just 17 seconds. The peloton is quite strung out on the climb with lots of riders dropped.

Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) has attacked the peloton and is trying to bridge up to the break.

48 km to go: Txurruka has blown by the breakaways in a hunt for the three KOM points at the top of the San Jeronimo. Jimmy Engoulvent rode back up to Txurruka and now the pair are riding together, off the front.

Results of the San Jeronimo KOM: 1st Amets Txurruka, 2nd Jimmy Engoulvent, 3rd Francisco Aramendia.

46 km to go: It's Txurruka and Engoulvent off the front, 12 seconds in front of the first group of the peloton. The peloton broke up on the climb and descent and is coming back together.

42 km to go: Movistar is at the front of the peloton. It looks like the various chasing groups have caught the pack. Lots of riders are back at the team cars getting bottles. Txurruka and Engoulvent have grown their lead to 40 seconds.

If the third category San Jeronimo broke things up as it did, the coming second-category ascent combined with the terrible heat should cause a lot of riders a lot of distress. Both Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni were distanced on the San Jeronimo.

After three hours of racing the average speed os 39.3 km/hr.

39 km to go: The two leaders are now on the finishing circuit. The pack crossed the line 34 seconds later.

32 km to go: Results of the Cordoba intermediate sprint: 1st Amets Txurruka, 2nd Jimmy Engoulvent, 3rd Luis Mas Bonet.

30 km to go: We're on the second category Alto del Catorce por Ciento. The two leaders have been caught and riders like Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan and Yauheni Hutarovich are in trouble. Lots of riders are being shelled. Nacer Bouhanni is dropped. Sky is at the front of the peloton.

29 km to go: Sky is dishing out some hurt and with their increase in the speed, more riders have been dropped. Race leader Matthews is in the peloton, I'd guess about two-thirds back.

Movistar has taken over the duty of leading the pack.

Matthews is drifting towards the back of the pack.

26 km to go: Bam! Winner Anacona and Adam Yates attack. Looks like Alejandro Valverde and Romain Sicard are chasing. The four have come together for the descent.

22 km to go: Alarms are going off in the peloton as Valverde leads the quartet down the hill. Valverde is upset that the lead motorcycle isn't going fast enough. Tinkoff-Saxo is leading the chase in the pack. The Valverde quartet has 22 seconds.

19 km to go: Damiano Caruso is chasing the Valverde break. Cadel Evans had a technical problem but looks to have rejoined the pack. Gap to Valverde group is 18 seconds. Caruso has been caught.

Results for the KOM points at the top of the Alto del Catorce por Ciento: 1st Winner Anacona, 2nd Adam Yates, 3rd Romain Sicard.

11 km to go: Romain Sicard has a flat, but the other three have a lead of 10 seconds. It looks like they will be caught and we'll have a big sprint.

9 km to go: The catch is made. Three Tinkoff-Saxo riders at the front. Maybe 40 riders are in the peloton, the rest have been distanced on the climb and descent. John Degenkolb has survived as has Michael Matthews.

Orica-GreenEdge is at the front, keeping the speed high.

4 km to go: Orica-GreenEdge still leads. No one has tried a flier yet.

2 km to go: Adam Hansen attacks and has a nice gap.

Under the Red Kite: Hansen is caught. The teams have organized their trains.

The Finish: From several riders back John Degenkolb leaps past everyone for a clear win. He put a couple of bike lengths between himself and the pack.

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