Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Stage 4Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018

Start 12h57 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary22.08.2017

Trentin seizes the opportunity

After leaving it to his teammate Yves Lampaert to take the win on stage 2, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) took matters into his own hands at the end of stage 4, on Tuesday at Tarragona. Already a stage winner on the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Italian rider dominated the sprint ahead of Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac). That makes it already two stage victories for Quick-Step at La Vuelta 2017, and 18 for the Belgian team overall at the...

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Diego Rubio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), most aggressive rider: “That's just how it is. We gave it our best and we couldn't do more. It was really hard. There was a lot of headwind, we spent many kilometres in the break, and we were only two riders for the last 60km. We made it hard for the peloton and we can't ask much more to two riders on their own. We always have to keep hoping and fighting until the end. In the climb, we went full gas with Rossetto and we managed to win some time. We...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC), 3rd on GC: “Today was all about going through the day. After the first few days, I know it sounds strange, but I was good to try and recover as much as we can. The team did a great job to protect Tejay (Van Garderen) and myself through the whole stage and make sure we stay out of trouble as it was a very technical finish. Tomorrow's gonna be another very demanding stage. It's gonna be another GC day for Tejay and myself to hang on as much as we can.”

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Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), best young rider: “It feels good to be in this position. It's still early in the race but so far I'm feeling good. I lost a little bit of time yesterday. But for the team it's good to have Esteban (Chaves) up there. He's only 10 seconds down on GC. As long as one of us finishes on the podium or as close to the podium as possible, I think we can call La Vuelta a success. It's a long way to go and we'll see what happens. We have more cards than anyone else and we...

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Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo): “The important thing is to be back at the front. I'm obviously not happy with finishing second but I'm happy with my sensations. I was at the same level as Matteo Trentin when we got out of the last curve, I should have waited for him to launch the sprint. I hope I'll be able to put another hard fight and maybe win myself. I never stopped believing in myself. I've worked well, for the whole year but especially this past month, going to altitude in Andorra,...

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Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors): “It was a pretty hard stage, with headwind all the time. It might have looked flat on map but it wasn't really. We followed our plan. We had to pull a bit earlier than planned with Niki and me. But we caught the break and with a finish like this, through corners, we know Matteo (Trentin) is super strong. He had the team confidence and he delivered perfectly. I had a pretty tough day yesterday with the heat. I'm very happy with my shape actually. I'm not...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader of La Vuelta 2017: “I was definitely afraid of some time splits, especially with a very tricky final like today. It was worth staying up there and spend a bit of energy. Obviously my teammates did a massive job to keep me up there. I had a good day. It was a great feeling to be back in red after six years. It's a huge huge privilege to be in this position. We'll got to tomorrow tomorrow. I'm just enjoying to be in the red jersey today.”

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Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), winner of stage 4 of La Vuelta 2017: “I was really looking for a victory because I'm going strong in this last part of the season. After the crash that took me out of the Tour de France, I was just thinking about coming here and winning a stage at La Vuelta. Two days ago, we did a really smart job to get the victory with Yves Lampaert. Today we decided it was my time. The guys were amazing. We got a bit of help at the beginning but when things went...

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