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Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) won the stage 4 individual time trial at the Tour de San Luis on Thursday.
Leandro Messineo (San Luis Somos Todos) was second, at seven seconds. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was third on the stage, at 11 seconds, and assumed the overall lead with three days of racing remaining.
“It was really hot today, maybe more than 30 degrees [Celsius],” said Kwiatkowski. “I did two laps of the TT this morning and knew the course was really simple. It had maybe two corners and two roundabouts, nothing really hard. The first part, everybody was trying to ride as fast possible because the second was really, really fast.”
American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) sits second on GC, 23 seconds behind Kwiatkowski.
“Tejay van Garderen will be, for sure, the guy who will try to go for the GC in the next days,” said Kwiatkowski. “I didn’t see the GC results, so it’s hard to say who else is a contender at the moment. [Alberto] Contador and [Vincenzo] Nibali are great champions, so maybe they will try to win the stage tomorrow or attack for the GC.”
The Tour de San Luis continues Friday with the 169km fifth stage from Juana Koslay to the uphill finish at Carolina.