Volta ao Algarve: Alberto Contador wins stage four but Michal Kwiatkowski keeps lead
Last Updated: 23/02/14 3:18pm
Alberto Contador won stage four but did not do enough to claim the overall lead
Alberto Contador climbed to victory on stage four of the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal but was unable to prise the overall race lead from Michal Kwiatkowski.
Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) started the day 32 seconds behind Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) in the general classification and although he was first to the summit finish on Alto do Malhao, the 23-year-old Pole followed just 10 seconds behind in third place.
With bonus seconds taken into account, it means Kwiatkowski will carry a 16-second lead over Contador into Sunday's final stage, with Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), who was second on the day, a further 13 seconds back in third.
The triumph was Contador's first in over a year. He said afterwards: "I'm happy because the team worked very hard and what better way to pay back than finishing with a win? My physical condition is getting better each day and the hard work during the winter now pays off."
Kwiatkowski now just has to avoid incident on a largely flat 155.8km fifth stage from Tavira to Vilamoura to claim the biggest win of his career.
Stage four result
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, 4:02:08
2 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, +3secs
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +10
4 Eduard Prades (Spa) OFM-Quinta da Lixa, +13
5 Tiago Machado (Por) NetApp-Endura, +14
6 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida, same time
7 Edgar Pinto (Por) LA Aluminios-Antarte, +16
8 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, st
9 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ, st
10 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo, +17
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 13:05:50
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, +16secs
3 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, +29
4 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ, +1:10
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +1:29
6 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +1:30
7 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida, +1:31
8 Eduard Prades (Spa) OFM-Quinta da Lixa, +1:32
9 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, +1:38
10 Edgar Pinto (Por) LA Aluminios-Antarte, +1:41