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Vandevelde wins 4th stage of Paris-Nice

Vandevelde wins 4th stage of Paris-Nice

American rider Christian Vandevelde pulled away 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the finish and held off a strong comeback from Alberto Contador in the last climb to take the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race Wednesday.
Vandevelde completed the 173.5-kilometer (107.8-mile) stage in 4 hours, 1 minute, 31 seconds, while Contador was in a pack of riders who finished 14 seconds behind.
Sylvain Chavanel of France kept the yellow jersey, but saw his lead over Contador cut to 36 seconds.
Samuel Dumoulin of France escaped the pack after 67 kilometers (41.6 miles), followed by Vandevelde and five other riders. The small group built a lead of 2 minutes at the 94-kilometer (58.4-mile) mark.
When Vandevelde finally broke away from the group, he managed to retain a small lead in the last climb of the day, Cote de Rochetaillee, despite Contador producing a burst of speed to lead the pursuit.
Contador, who won the Tour of Algarve last month in Portugal, is expected to recapture the yellow jersey in the last four stages, which all feature category 1 climbs.
The in-form Spaniard is considered the best climber in the world and one of only five men to win the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Spanish Vuelta.
Olympic pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins of Britain pulled out of the race Wednesday morning after learning of the death of his wife's grandmother.
The Paris-Nice race ends on March 15, with Thursday's fifth stage taking the pack on a 204-km (126.8-mile) trek from Annonay to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.


Updated : 2021-08-03 22:51 GMT+08:00