Sanchez clinches Basque tour fourth stage


ORIO, Spain: Spain’s Samuel Sanchez shrugged off his 38 years to win the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday (Friday in Manila) 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. Friday’s fifth stage is 157km to Mont Arrate and features eight climbs.


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