Spaniard Pello Bilbao produced a descending masterclass to win Stage 4 at the Tour of the Alps as Briton Simon Yates kept the race lead going into the final day.

Team Bahrain’s Bilbao edged Russian Aleksandr Vlasov of Astana with Yates, riding for Bike Exchange, third in the ‘queen stage’ of this year’s race from Naturno to Pieve di Bono in northern Italy.

Vlasov and Yates crested the day’s last peak seven kilometres from the finish and looked set to duel for victory.

But the 31-year-old Basque rider caught the leaders with a breakneck descent and took the lead in the sprint to the finish.

58 seconds after the leaders had finished, Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) rolled over the line in fourth, while the impressive 22-year-old Jefferson Cepeda (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) were fifth and sixth, 1:06 down.

Sivakov, who struggled on the climb and was dropped 11 kilometres from the finish, finished in 14th at 1:48, dropping off the podium.

STAGE 4 (NATURNS/NATURNO – VALLE DEL CHIESE/PIEVE DI BONO), 168,6 KM) – RESULTS

  1. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious)
 
2. Alexsandr Vlasov (Astana Premier Tech)
  3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange)

  4.Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic +58

  5. Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec +1:06

  6. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo

  7. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo +1:16

  8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM

  9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

  10. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe +1:22

 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

  1. Simon Yates (GB) Team BikeExchange 15:31:48

 2. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious +58

 3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech +1:06

 4. Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec +2:18

 5. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers +2:37

 6. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo

 7. Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic +2:54

 8. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo +3:12

 9. Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM

 10. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange +3:36

Tour of the Alps 2021: Simon Yates leads as Pello Bilbao wins stage four

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