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Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) powered to the dash victory on degree 4 of Excursion Colombia. He held off Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) on the line for the victory. Nelson Soto (Petrolike) finished the rostrum in 3rd within the flat, rapid end in Zipaquirá.
From the peloton led by means of Astana with 3km pass, Petrolike’s Jose Ramon Muñiz introduced a solo assault. He glanced again passing beneath the 1km mark and fell in line in the back of a line of Astana riders, which delivered Cavendish for the win.
The Manxman reversed his fortunes from the hole degree, completing 3rd to Gaviria in Duitama. It’s the second one degree win for Astana at Excursion Colombia, Harold Tejada successful on Wednesday in Santa Rosa de Viterbo for the crew’s first victory of the season.
“I think actually satisfied, that used to be tremendous great, it used to be improbable paintings by means of my teammates within the ultimate and the final dash used to be improbable,” Cavendish mentioned on the end. “While you see that dash via and the way the lads labored, you’ll see how I sought after to trip yet one more 12 months. The paintings from my boys, and from Movistar as neatly, to convey myself and Fernando [Gaviria] again into rivalry used to be improbable. I’m tremendous, tremendous proud of it.”
Astana used to be responsive to strikes all day on Friday, together with a overdue breakaway within the ultimate 30km, whilst Nu Colombia held stable within the peloton to mission race chief Rodrigo Contreras.
Contreras finished degree 4 within the peloton at the heels of the sprinters and swapped his crimson Nu Colombia package for the yellow chief’s jersey for a moment day.
A overdue breakaway of Julián Cardona (Crew Medellín), Laureano Rosas (Swift Carbon Professional Biking Brasil) and Alexander Gil (Orgullo Paisa) took their possibilities right into a headwind and moved transparent by means of 43 seconds with 27km to head. The overall 3rd of the degree had left the mountainous terrain in the back of after the general KOM at Alto del Sisga and it used to be most effective flat roads via farming communities headed to Zipaquirá.
Gil used to be the primary to relent from the entrance as Cardona and Rosas cooperated to carry a 20-second hole with 12km to head, a couple of appears revealing the peloton in complete flight. Movistar used to be massed in the back of Nu Colombia with 7.3km to head and had the catch virtually in hand on a small upward push at the huge street. The duo resisted for every other kilometre sooner than the larger groups took over.
The way it took place
Level 4 of the Excursion Colombia used to be at all times prone to be race of 2 distinct portions. The outlet section from Paipa took the peloton via some rugged terrain, culminating within the 2,866m-high Alto Sisga, forward of a quick drop onto the altopiano that ended in Egan Bernal’s place of birth of Zipaquirá.
Bernal’s someday coaching spouse Óscar Sevilla (Medellín) used to be the degree’s lone non-starter. The 47-year-old, who started a brand new lifestyles in Colombia after Operación Puerto successfully ended his profession in Europe, had shone on degree 2 to Santa Rosa de Viterbo. A heavy crash within the finale of degree 3 to Tunja, alternatively, ended his race at the eve of the summit end atop the Alto del Vino.
The outlet stanza of the degree used to be animated by means of a smash of 9 riders. Brayan Sánchez (Crew Medellín), Efren Santos (Canels), Franklin Revelo (Saitel), Carlos Parra (Saitel), Kevin Castillo (Sistecrédito), Danny Osorio (Orgullo), Juan Diego Alba (Colombia), Bayron Guamá (Ecuador) and Steven Haro (Ecuador) had a lead of three:40 over the Alto del Ethical, nevertheless it had already began to contract by means of the crew they crested the Alto Viquemada.
The Nu Colombia crew of yellow jersey Rodrigo Contreras have been distinguished early on, however Davide Persico’s Bingoal WB squad got here to the fore over the Alto Sisga, the place Mark Cavendish (Astana-Qazaqstan) and Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) have been in issue on the rear of the peloton.
Cavendish used to be distanced with 76km ultimate, however the Manxman had a powerful supplement of Astana teammates round him, together with Kazakhstani champion Alexey Lutsenko, who has regarded strikingly at ease at excessive altitude this week. They saved the distance to manageable dimensions at the climb and regularly controlled to paintings their long ago as much as the peloton, with Cavendish rejoining the fray with a colour beneath 40km to head.
Through then, the final of the early escapees have been swept up and a number end regarded inevitable, however that did not dissuade additional assaults because the kilometres ticked down in opposition to Zipaquirá. Julián Cardona (Medellín), Laureano Rosas (Swift Carbon) and Alex Gil (Orgullo Paisa) stole transparent at the run-in, and the trio carried a bonus simply shy of a minute from 27km. Around the subsequent 15km their effort extinguished.
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