Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Stage 4: Bagà to Port Ainé - Stage Details

35-year-old Ruben Plaza had a long day out front on stage four of the WorldTour race Volta Catalunya. Spending over 130km in the day's breakaway on the hilly Queen stage, it proved one climb too many for the Spaniard.

Damien Howson was the highest place finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE, crossing the finish line in Port Ainé in 34th place. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) successfully managed to stay away to take the victory ahead of a reduced bunch of favourites.

"We had the option of going up the road today," said sport director Neil Stephens. "It's always good to have someone up there just incase and today it was Ruben."

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Thomas De Gendt (BEL) - Lotto Soudal 4:52:04
2 Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team 0:01:08
3 Richie Porte (AUS) - BMC Racing Team 0:01:23
4 Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team 0:01:23
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team 0:01:36
6 Pieter Weening (NED) - Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:01:36
7 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha 0:01:41
8 Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky 0:01:45
9 Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:45
10 Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:45
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
34 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:58
46 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:32
56 Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:20
64 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:37
79 Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:33
145 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:32:48
149 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:32:48
155 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:32:48