Nairo Quintana won stage 4 of the 2014 Tour de San Luis today – beating Sergio Godoy and Darwin Atapuma Hurtado on the final climb. Meanwhile, Phillip Gaimon managed to hold onto his overall race lead by a mere 4 seconds.
Today’s stage saw an early breakaway group containing Juan Esteban Arango, Jonny Clarke, Juan I. Curuchet, Julian Gaday and Matias Presa, form early on.
In the meantime, Garmin-Sharp’s Ben King and Nate Brown continued to push the front of the main position – as the breakaway group’s lead increased to almost seven minutes.
However, as the race made it’s way over a Cat. 3 climb just before the final climb of the Alto El Amago, the breakaway group’s lead began to dwindle.
During the ascent, two Chilean national riders, Patricio Almonacid and Jonathan Guzman, managed to bridged themselves across to the breakaway group.
From there, the breakaway group started to splinter under the acceleration of Arango. And, so too – did the main peloton behind them.
However, Arango was caught before reaching the base of El Amago climb – with Team BMC controlling the pace.
It was during the steep switchbacks of the El Amago that Nairo Quintana initiated an attack – with only Sergio Godoy able to follow. However, the Argentine rider soon cracked under the fierce pace of Quintana – leaving the Colombian alone out front for the victory.
Top Three Finishers
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