Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) rode in the winning breakaway to finish second in Sunday’s fourth stage at the Vuelta a Asturias in northern Spain.
Sutherland joined nine riders who pulled away in the early kilometers of Sunday’s hilly, three-climb stage, marked yet again by heavy rains and cool temperatures, to build a two-minute gap over the final climb. Victor Cabedo (Orbea) attacked out of the group with 8km to go and held on to win the stage.
Sutherland crossed the line second at 11 seconds back with Iván Gutiérrez (Movistar) crossing third at 38 seconds in arrears. Sutherland and Gutíerrez appeared to be sharing words on who should do the work to chase down Cabedo and left it too late.
The main pack came through 43 seconds back.
Overnight leader Javier Moreno (Caja Rural) held his lead as there were no major changes in the GC. Defending champion Tino Zaballa (Miche) remains second at 13 seconds back with Sergio Sousa (Barbot) third at 36 seconds back.
The five-day Asturias tour concludes Monday with a decisive summit finish at the Subida al Naranco above Oviedo.
- 1. Victor Cabedo (Esp), Orbea, 4:38:23
- 2. Rory Sutherland (Aus), UnitedHealthcare, at 0:11
- 3. José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Esp), Movistar, at 0:38
- 4. Ruben Perez Moreno (Esp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:41
- 5. Rafael Infantino Abreu (Col), at 0:43
- 1. Javier Moreno Bazan (Esp), Caja Rural, 17:02:23
- 2. Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Esp), Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia, at 0:13
- 3. Sergio Ferreira Sousa (Por), at 0:36
- 4. Hernani Broco (Por), La-Antarte, at 0:52
- 5. Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Esp), Movistar, at 1:45