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Van Garderen wins stage four, Rodriguez retains overall lead

Van Garderen wins stage four, Rodriguez retains overall lead
By Eurosport

28/03/2014 at 05:40Updated 28/03/2014 at 06:06

Tejay van Garderen edged a sprint duel with Romain Bardet to win stage four of Volta a Catalunya as the GC favourites finished a few seconds adrift in testing conditions.

A four-strong breakaway group of Stef Clement, Thomas De Gendt, Maxime Mederel and Ruben Plaza was overhauled on the final climb as the riders’ progress was hampered by fog and snow.

A late Chris Froome attack was quelled by the small lead pack, before Alberto Contador made a move of his own to hit the front with a kilometre remaining.

But the twice Tour de France winner was overtaken by the fast-finishing Van Garderen as the American raced to victory.

"It was very cold," said Van Garderen. "Froome and Contador both attacked and it seemed like everybody was sitting and looking at each other and I made a move and nobody followed me.

"It got steep in the last two kilometres so if you made a move before that and you're on the flat it's not so smart. I let the guys do a couple of little attacks first so they could wear each other out and then I made my move."

Joaquim Rodriguez finished in fourth to retain his overall lead of four seconds over Contador.

Stage four results

1. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) 4:49:30"

2. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) ST

3. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +3"

4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) +4"

5. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +5"

6. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Garmin) +8"

7. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky)

8. Warren Barguil (France / Giant) +15"

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +16"

10. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / Trek) +21"

General Classification

1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 17:47:34"

2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +4"

3. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +7"

4. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +10"

5. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar)

6. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) +17"

7. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Garmin) +18"

8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +26"

9. Warren Barguil (France / Giant) +42"

10. David Arroyo (Spain / Caja Rural) +45"