VIDEO: Watch Sanchez clinch Basque fourth stage

Spain’s Samuel Sanchez shrugged off his 38 years to win the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday after a thrilling tussle on the climb to Orio which left Dutchman Wilco Kelderman in the overall lead.

Sanchez resisted a late attack by compatriot and former two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on the final ascent to take victory for the BMC team on the final climb.

Portugal’s Rui Costa of Lampre won a sprint for second ahead of France’s Warren Barguil (Giant) and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) who was fourth.

Mikel Landa of Team Sky was 20th on the punishing run and as a consequence lost the overall lead to Kelderman of the LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Kelderman now has a four-second lead over Colombia’s Sergio Henao (Sky), a seven-second advantage over Landa, eight seconds in front of Sanchez and 10 seconds better off than Contador of the FDJ team.

Sanchez, the Tour of the Basque Country winner in 2012, celebrated his eighth stage win on the race.

“It’s an important win, I am full of emotion,” he told EiTB television. “This shows that we veterans are still here.”

Friday’s fifth stage is 157km to Mont Arrate and features eight climbs.

STAGE 4 RESULTS

1. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) 4:13:12″
2. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) ST
3. Warren Barguil (France / Giant)
4. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R)
5. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky)
6. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar)
7. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff)
8. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / LottoNL)
9. Lawson Craddock (U.S. / Cannondale)
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha)
11. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ)
12. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica)
13. Arnold Jeannesson (France / Cofidis)
14. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL)
15. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / FDJ)
16. Rudy Molard (France / Cofidis)
17. Louis Vervaeke (Belgium / Lotto)
18. Laurens De Plus (Belgium / Etixx – Quick-Step) +8″
19. Pierre Latour (France / AG2R)
20. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky)

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / LottoNL) 17:52:48″
2. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) +4″
3. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) +7″
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +8″
5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff) +10″
6. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +12″
7. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) +14″
8. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar)
9. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL)
10. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / FDJ)
11. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha)
12. Louis Vervaeke (Belgium / Lotto)
13. Lawson Craddock (U.S. / Cannondale) +21″
14. Warren Barguil (France / Giant) +25″
15. Arnold Jeannesson (France / Cofidis)
16. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +27″
17. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R) +32″
18. Pierre Latour (France / AG2R) +33″
19. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +38″
20. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) +40″

© AFP

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