Daniel Diaz (Funvic-São José dos Campos) claimed stage 4 of Tour de San Luis today, in a mountain top finish to Alto el Amago, marking the Argentina rider’s second victory in this year’s race.
Diaz beat teammate Alex Diniz, Colombia’s Rodolfo Torres and defending champion Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by nearly a minute at the summit.
Juan Arango (Colombia National Team), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini, Dario Diaz (Team SEP San Juan) and Juan Pablo Valencia (Colombia) were part of an early breakaway group, who at one point, established a 6 minute advantage over the peloton.
However, as the race reached the base of the final climb of the day, with the exception of Arango and Berlato, the remaining escapees were reeled in by the peloton.
Still, the duo’s escape was short-lived, as defending champion Nairo Quintana (Movistar) burst from the chasing peloton, along with race leader Daniel Diaz (Funvic) and his teammate Alex Diniz to join them.
Rodolfo Torres (Colombia) was able to make the move as well, bringing the lead group to four, while Bretagne – Séché Environnement’s Eduardo Sepulveda chased in earnest.
From there, Diaz initiated a ferocious attack, that left his rivals struggling to stay on terms with him.
Diaz continued to distance the chase with every turn of the pedals, ultimately crossing the finish almost a minute ahead of second place finisher Diniz.
Today’s win brings Diaz one step closer to clinching the overall victory.
Stage 4 Results
1 171 DIAZ, Daniel ARG FUNVIC-SAO JOSE DOS 3:29:25 2 174 DINIZ, Alex BRA FUNVIC-SAO JOSE DOS + 52 3 145 TORRES, Rodolfo A. COL COLOMBIA + 54 4 1 QUINTANA, Nairo A. COL MOVISTAR TEAM + 56 5 121 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo ARG BRETAGNE – SECHE ENV + 1:19 6 215 CONTRERAS, Rodrigo COL SEL. COLOMBIA + 1:57 7 12 MESSINEO, Leandro C. ARG SAN LUIS SOMOS TODOS + 2:10 8 74 MORENO, Daniel ESP TEAM KATUSHA 9 144 RUBIANO, Miguel A. COL COLOMBIA + 2:36 10 76 ZAKARIN, Ilnur RUS TEAM KATUSHA + 2:47 11 LEECE, Stephen USA JAMIS + 3:22 12 111 BRAJKOVIC, Janez SLO UNITEDHEALTHCARE +
General Classification after Stage 4 1 171 DIAZ, Daniel ARG FUNVIC-SAO JOSE DOS 16:31:48 2 145 TORRES, Rodolfo A. COL COLOMBIA + 1:00 3 174 DINIZ, Alex BRA FUNVIC-SAO JOSE DOS + 1:19 4 1 QUINTANA, Nairo A. COL MOVISTAR TEAM + 1:23 5 121 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo ARG BRETAGNE – SECHE ENV + 1:46
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