The fourth stage of the Trans Andes Challenge has the top two teams trading stage wins.
Stage one saw the mixed team of Mary McConneloug and Michael Broderick (Kenda Seven) come across the line first. Stage two had the men’s team of Martín Flaño and Nicolás Prudencio (Giant Nuun) take the win and the overall lead of the six-stage race.
Thursday’s Stage three was won by McConneloug and Broderick, who managed to take back some time on the leaders. Friday’s 62km fourth stage saw Flaño and Prudencio, from Chile, come across first with a time of 2:13:02 and establishing a lead of 19 minutes 25 seconds.
There are 100 racers remaining in the 233-mile event that crosses the Patagoinan Andes from Chile to Argentina and includes some 35,000 feet of total climbing.
Riders of each team must remain together at all times during the race. If, at any point, riders separate by more than one minute the team will receive a penalty.
Losing ground after the fourth stage was the Swiss coed team of Renata Bucher and Simon Zahnd. Bucher was stung by a bee early in the day, forcing the duo into fourth place 46 seconds behind the male team from Chile comprised of Carlos Cardemil and Javier Püschel.
Teammates Rebecca Rusch and Jenny Smith round out the top-ten, at 2:12:04 off the lead. The team of Tom Ritchey and Pedro Marzolo finished Friday’s stage in eighth place with a time of 2:31:55.