Adam Yates holds off Alejandro Valverde for victory in Valencia
Adam Yates outpaced world champion Alejandro Valverde to win stage four of the Vuelta a Valencia between Villareal and Alcossebre, his first victory of the season.
The Mitchelton-Scott rider made his move with 400m left on the final climb to Alcossebre before holding off a late charge from Valverde.
Edvald Boasson Hagen loses the overall lead on general classification with Astana's Ion Izagirre taking over yellow after stage four with Valverde seven seconds behind on GC in second place.
it was Brit Yates first victory since the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné last year.
Valverde was on his wheel in the closing moments, but did not have the power to catch him on the line.
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019, stage four
- 1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott, in 04-54-57
- 2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar
- 3. Pello Bilbao Lopez (ESP) Astana, at 2 secs 00:00:02
- 4. Ion Izagirre Insausti (ESP) Astana, at 3 secs
- 5. Dan Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates, at 4 secs
- 6. Sergio Higuita (ESP) Fundacion Euskadi, at 5 secs
- 7. Jesús Herrada (ESP) Cofidis, Solutions Credits, at 12 secs
- 8. Jack Haig (AUS) Mitchelton-Scott, at 17 secs
- 9. Ben Hermans (BEL) Israel Cycling Academy, at 25 secs
- 10. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP) Astana Pro Team, at 42 secs
- 1. Ion Izagirre (ESP) Astana, in 14-18-27
- 2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar, at 7 secs 00:00:07
- 3. Pello Bilbao (ESP), Astana
- 4. Dan Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates, at 16 secs
- 5. Dylan Teuns (BEL) Bahrain-Merida, at 18 secs
- 6. Jesús Herrada (ESP) Cofidis, at 29 secs
- 7. Jack Haig (AUS) Mitchelton-Scott, at 33 secs
- 8. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott, at 34 secs
- 9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Dimension Data, at 46 secs
- 10. Rui Costa (POR) UAE Team Emirates, at 48 sec