Volta ao Algarve: Alberto Contador wins stage four but Michal Kwiatkowski keeps lead
Alberto Contador climbed to victory on stage four of the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal.
Last Updated: 23/02/14 3:18pm
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