Etapa a 4-a a Vuelta – Cullera – El Puig (175,5 km) s-a incheiat, ca si in ziua precedenta, cu un sprint masiv, castigat cu un baieu de campionul Olandei, Fabio Jakobsen, care a aruncat bicicleta pe linia de sosire chiar de sub nasul irlandezului Sam Bennett, castigatorul de luni, care, insa, marti a apreciat tarziu intrarea intr-un sens giratoriu cu 1 km inainte de linia de finis si nu a mai putut recupera intarzierea.

Liderul clasamentului general ramane acelasi, irlandezul Nicolas Roche. De fapt, totul ramane neschimbat, asa ca voi insera doar “capetele” de clasamente la zi, pentru a completa postarea cu o surpriza, bine documentata, sper interesanta, intr-o zi de cursa mai degraba anosta.

Clasamentul etapei a 4-a:
1 Fabio Jakobsen (Olanda) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4:04:16
2 Sam Bennett (Irlanda) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Maximilian Walscheid (Germania) Team Sunweb
4 Fernando Gaviria (Columbia) UAE Team Emirates
5 Luka Mezgec (Slovenia) Mitchelton-Scott
6 Marc Sarreau (Franta) Groupama-FDJ

Clasamentul general dupa 4 etape:
1 Nicolas Roche (Irlanda) Team Sunweb 13:55:30
2 Nairo Quintana (Columbia) Movistar Team 0:00:02
3 Rigoberto Uran (Columbia) EF Education First 0:00:08
4 Mikel Nieve (Spania) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:22
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Columbia) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33
6 Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:35

Si pentru ca etapa a fost una potolita, fara mari zbateri, in asteptarea celor 3 consecutive cu sosirea in catarare – etapa a 5-a – L’Eliana – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (170,7 km), a 6-a – Mora de Rubielos – Ares del Maestrat (198,9 km) si a 7-a – Onda – Mas de la Costa (183,2 km) -, m-am gandit sa va dau ultimele informatii privind transferurile, “piata” deschizandu-se la 1 august.

Asadar, sa incep cu cel mai spectaculos, Mikel Landa urmand sa paraseasca Movistar pentru a ajunge la Bahrain-Merida, in timp ce la echipa spaniola va fi inlocuit de Enric Mas, de la Quick Step. Si sprinterul Elia Viviani pleaca de la Quick Step, pentru Cofidis, Matteo Trentin face traseul Mitchelton – CCC, iar Vincenzo Nibali, impins deoparte de Landa de la Bahrain, o ia spre Trek.

Iata, intr-o ordine alfabetica, miscarile de trupe (cam multe, semn de probleme cu sponsorii?) de la o serie de echipe:
Ag2r La Mondiale
Veniri: Lawrence Naesen (Lotto-Soudal), Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Clément Champoussin
Reinoirea contractelor: Tony Gallopin, Stijn Vandenbergh, Julien Duval, François Bidard, Clément Venturini, Alexis Gougeard
Astana
Veniri: Vadim Pronskiy (Vino-Astana Motors), Davide Martinelli (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Harold Tejada (Medellin)
Plecari: Davide Villella (Movistar), Dario Cataldo (Movistar), Andrey Zeits (Mitchelton-Scott)
Reinnoiri: Omar Fraile, Rodrigo Contreras
Bahrain-Merida
Venire: Mikel Landa (Movistar)
Plecari: Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Antonio Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)
Reinoiri: Matej Mohorič
CCC
Veniri: Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), George Zimmerman (Tirol KTM), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)
Reinoiri: Jonas Koch
Cofidis
Veniri: Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Fabio Sabatini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
Plecari: Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Cycling Academy), Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
Veniri: Bert Van Lerberghe (Cofidis), Stijn Steels (Roompot), Andrea Bagioli (Team Colpack), João Almeida (Hagens Berman Axeon), Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)
Plecari: Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Fabio Sabatini (Cofidis), Davide Martinelli (Astana), Enric Mas (Movistar), Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal)

Reinnoiri: Julian Alaphilippe, James Knox, Iljo Keisse, Tim Declerq, Zdeněk Štybar, Florian Sénéchal, Dries Devenyns, Michael Mørkøv, Fabio Jakobsen, Álvaro Hodeg
Dimension Data (Team NTT from 2020)
Venire: Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal)
EF Education First
Venire: Jonas Rutsch (Lotto-Kern Haus)
Reinnoiri: Tejay van Garderen, Daniel Martínez, Michael Woods
Groupama-FDJ
Reinoiri de contracte: Valentin Madouas, Bruno Armirail, Romain Seigle, Kevin Geniets
Jumbo-Visma
Veniri: Tobias Foss (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)
Plecari: Danny van Poppel (Wanty-Gobert)
Reinoiri: Koen Bouwman, Sepp Kuss
Katusha-Alpecin
Plecare: Ilnur Zakarin (CCC)
Lotto-Soudal
Venire: Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
Plecari: Victor Campenaerts (Dimension Data), Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb)
Reinnoire: Brent van Moer
Mitchelton-Scott
Veniri: Barnabás Peák (SEG Racing Academy), Kaden Groves (SEG Racing Academy), Andrey Zeits (Astana)
Plecare: Matteo Trentin (CCC Team)
Movistar
Veniri: Gabriel Cullaigh (Wiggins Le Col), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Iñigo Elosegui, Dario Cataldo (Astana), Davide Villella (Astana)
Plecari: Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Merida), Jasha Sütterlin (Team Sunweb)
Reinnoiri: Alejandro Valverde, José Joaquín Rojas, Anotnio Pedrero, Nelson Oliveira, Lluís Mas, Héctor Carretero, Jorge Arcas, Andrey Amador
Team Sunweb
Veniri Mark Donovan (Wiggins Le Col), Thymen Arensman, Alberto Dainese (SEG Racing Academy), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar), Nico Denz (Ag2r La Mondiale), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal)
Plecare: Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)
Reinnoiri: Michael Matthews, Chad Haga, Florian Stork
Trek-Segafredo
Veniri: Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)
Reinnoire: Julien Bernard
UAE Team Emirates
Veniri: Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC), Mikkel Bjerg (Hagens Berman Axeon), Alessandro Covi (Team Colpack), Simone Consonni (Cofidis), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Andres Ardila, Maximilliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
Plecari: Daniel Martin (Israel Cycling Academy), Simone Petilli (Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team), Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)
Reinnoiri de contracte: Alexander Kristoff, Sven Erik Bystrøm