Lopez, twice winner of the young rider classification at the Giro d'Italia, attacked on the ascent of Alto do Malhão, and despite the best efforts of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) held on to seal a win that puts him within one second of race leader Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck- Quick Step).
Evenepoel finished third on the stage - fending off numerous attacks on the 169.7km ride from Albufeira to Malhãosome - some four seconds in arrears of Colombian Lopez.
"It was a really hard stage. Especially the last attack form Miguel – was a bit boxed in behind Costa so I had the wrong side, otherwise I would have reacted earlier," said Evenepoel after the race.
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But it doesn’t matter, I am still the leader and tomorrow I hope it is going to be my day.

Miguel Angel Lopez claims summit win, Remco Evenepoel in pole position ahead of ITT

The Belgian time trial specialist enters the 20km ITT around Lagoa deadlocked with Dan Martin and Max Schachmann.

STAGE FOUR RESULTS

RIDERTEAMTIME
Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team4:16:25
Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation0:00:02
Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep0:00:04
Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:04
Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:05
Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team0:00:14
Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto0:00:14
Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:14
Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:19
Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:21

GC STANDINGS

RIDER TEAMTIME
Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep18:59:35
Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation18:59:35
Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe18:59:35
Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:01
Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:03
Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto0:00:18
Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:18
Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:19
Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team0:00:24
Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Tavira Maria Nova Lounge Hotel0:00:31
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