Bouhanni sprints to Cat­alo­nia stage win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IGUALADA: French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni won the fourth stage of the Tour of Cat­alo­nia on Thurs­day af­ter it was short­ened by 60km due to snow.

The 26-year-old beat Italy’s Da­vide Ci­mo­lai and Daryl Im­pey of South Africa in a sprint fin­ish as Amer­i­can Te­jay Van Garderen main­tained his over­all lead.

But treach­er­ous con­di­tions on a long de­scent meant to start the stage re­sulted in the day’s rac­ing be­ing short­ened to just 134km.

A short cat­e­gory two climb near to the fin­ish saw the race ex­plode into life as sev­eral over­all con­tenders, in­clud­ing France’s Ro­main Bardet and Ale­jan­dro Valverde of Spain, at­tacked in a hope of gain­ing some time.

And while most spe­cial­ist sprint­ers were dropped from the lead­ing group at that stage, Bouhanni hung on be­fore com­fort­ably win­ning the sprint.

Spain’s Sa­muel Sanchez re­mained in sec­ond place, 41 se­conds be­hind his BMC team­mate, while Bri­tain’s Geraint Thomas of Team Sky was third at 44 se­conds.

Three-time Tour de France win­ner Chris Froome was fifth at 49 se­conds. AFP


Cofidis rider Nacer Bouhanni cel­e­brates as he crosses the fin­ish line win­ning the fourth stage of the Volta Catalunya on Thurs­day.

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