Miguel Ángel López (Astana Qazaqstan) timed his counter-attack against Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) perfectly to secure the win on the fourth stage of the Tour of the Alps.
Pinot sat in a breakaway group for much of the race, but with 10km to go he launched an attack that proved too strong for the front riders to match. The Frenchman built up a gap of over a minute to the peloton, where López was, but the Colombian executed his acceleration from the main group perfectly with less than 4km left in the race.
With Pinot desperately hanging on at the front, López comfortably passed him heading into the final kilometre, managing to take victory by seven seconds. Pinot came second, while Romain Bardet (Team DSM) finished third, scoring four bonus points to put him just two seconds behind GC leader Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) going into the final day. HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tour of the Alps heads into Austria for the fourth day, with a 142.4km race to the imposing Grossglockner mountain.
Despite being categorised as the easiest stage, the fourth is the only which features a summit finish. This summit finish could prove crucial in deciding the race, with the ascent to Kals am Grossglockner the most difficult in the opening 3km, averaging around 9%.
Following a flat section after this first climb, the riders will face another 3km at 6% gradient. Due to its proximity to the finish, this presented a perfect opportunity for riders to make a move, with the final […]