Cycling news - Miguel Angel Lopez wins Stage 4, Remco Evenepoel leads GC ahead of ITT
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) timed his move to perfection on Stage 4 of the Volta ao Algarve to seal a first victory of 2020.
Miguel Ángel López of Colombia and Team Astana Pro Team / Celebration / during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020, Stage 4 a 169,7km stage from Albufeira to Alto do Malhão 518m - Loulé / #VAlgarve2020 / on February 22, 2020 in Alto do Malhão - Loulé, Portugal
Published 22/02/2020 at 21:15 GMT | Updated 22/02/2020 at 23:26 GMT
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.