Clasica de Ordizia winner Simon Yates finished with the leaders on stage four of the Vuelta a Burgos today after ORICA-BikeExchange teammate Amets Txurruka led the day's early breakaway.
23-year-old Briton Yates has enjoyed a run of good from of late and on today’s steep and technical finish he again showed that he is right up there with the best climbers in the world.
Nathan Haas (Dimension-Data) won the stage from the elite group of riders that broke clear in the final kilometre to contest the cobbled finale with Yates crossing the line just three seconds behind.
Spanish climber Txurruka animated the breakaway alongside four companions for over 100kilometres before the move was eventually reeled in with only 30kilometres to go.
Yates is ten seconds down on the general classification in 21st place going into tomorrow's fifth and final stage.
Sport director Dave McPartland praised the team’s performance and highlighted how tight the fight for the overall is.
“Our objective for today’s stage was to not lose any time and to try and finish at the front of the race,” said McPartland. “Thankfully we managed to achieve that and Simon (Yates) did very well to finish with the leaders on a very tough finale.”
|1||Nathan Haas (AUS) - Dimension Data||3:15:42|
|2||Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|3||Patrick Bevin (NZL) - Cannondale-Drapac||ST|
|4||Danny Van Poppel (NED) - Team Sky||ST|
|5||Aleksei Tsatevich (RUS) - Team Katusha||ST|
|6||Gianni Meersman (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|7||Loic Vliegen (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|8||Eduard Michael Grosu (ROM) - Nippo - Vini Fantini||0:00:03|
|9||Zico Waeytens (BEL) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:00:03|
|10||Karol Domagalski (POL) - ONE Pro Cycling||0:00:03|
|15||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:03|
|29||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:03|
|43||Carlos Verona (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:03|
|50||Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:03|
|101||Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:17|
|103||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:23|
|120||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:02:45|
|121||Nicholas Schultz (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:02:45|