ROME, March 15, 2014 (AFP) – Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff team
closed the gap on race leader Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the fourth stage
of the the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday.
The two-time Tour de France winner finished just ahead of Colombian Nairo
Quintana (Movistar) and Spaniard Daniel Moreno (Katusha) after the 244km run
from Indicatore to Cittareale Selvarotonda.
Poland’s Kwiatkowski, riding for Omega Pharma QuickStep, finished seventh
in the stage to see his lead cut to just 16sec on second-placed Contador.
Contador, 31, is bidding to get his career back on track after serving a
two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol on the 2010 Tour de France.
He didn’t enjoy the best 2013 season on the road as he finished a
disappointing fourth in his quest for a third Tour de France victory and
decided against defending his Vuelta a Espana title.
Sunday’s fifth stage will cover 192km between Amatrice and Guardiagrele.
Results of the Tirreno-Adriatico
fourth stage, a 244km ride from Indicatore to Cittareale on Saturday:
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 6hr 39min 56sec, 2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV)
at 0:01s, 3. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 0:05s, 4. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:05,
5. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 0:05, 6. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 0:08, 7. Michal
Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:10, 8. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:11, 9. Chris
Horner (USA/LAM) 0:11, 10. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 0:17
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 16h06:42. 2. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) at
0:16sec. 3. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:23. 4. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 0:34. 5.
Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 0:38. 6. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:39. 7. Robert
Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:49. 8. Moreno Moser (ITA/CAN) 1:01. 9. Mikel Nieve
(ESP/SKY) 1:02. 10. Julian Arredondo (COL/RSH) 1:03.