'It'll be a tricky night,' says Alberto Contador after nightmare day
Alberto Contador said he was predicting an uncomfortable night ahead after a nightmare day at the Tour of the Basque Country which saw him replace a bike, suffer two crashes and then get a puncture too.
Contador was at the centre of much of it. As the peloton entered the city, the Spaniard was one of the riders brought down by a crash into a road barrier.
After rejoining the peloton, and with around 20km to go, Contador suffered a mechanical and had to swap bikes with team-mate Julien Bernard.
There was still time for a puncture before the stage was out and Contador, who dropped one minute and 28 seconds, was left cursing his luck.
"If I have got through today, anyone can get through anything," he said.
"There are times when you fall and the only thing to do is get back up. It was a pretty bad fall. I'm still hot. It's going to be a tricky night.
"I've had to change my bike in the climb... and at the end I got a puncture."
Stage four result
1. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL) 4:23:46"
2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Sunweb) +3"
3. Giovanni Visconti (Italy / Bahrain)
5. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica)
6. Patrick Konrad (Austria / BORA)
7. Rudy Molard (France / FDJ)
8. Diego Ulissi (Italy / UAE Team Emirates)
9. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany / BORA)
GC after stage four
1. David De La Cruz (Spain / Quick-Step) 16:38:43"
2. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL) ST
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Team Sky) +3"
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar)
5. Patrick Konrad (Austria / BORA)
6. Rudy Molard (France / FDJ)
7. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL)
8. Ruben Fernandez (Spain / Movistar)
9. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Cannondale)
10. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R)