By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002
Angel Edo won the fourth stage of the Tour of Murcia here on Saturday, extending his overall lead after an easy winning a sprint finish following a grade one hill climb 20km from home.
Edo, not renowned for his climbing, registered a time of 4hr 16min 32sec over the 173.6km course, his compatriot David Etxebarria came second and Swiss rider and former world champion Oscar Camenzind came third.
Beaten on the line twice in earlier sprints Edo, who leads the overall standings by 23 seconds ahead of Sunday’s time trial final stage, was delighted. “They must have heard my victory cry way up in Catalonia,” he said. “The problem is though, I’m not too good in time trials, I’m under no illusions about winning,” he claimed.
Italian duo Danilo Di Luca and Leonardo Piepoli passed the mountain summit with an eight-second lead but sprint specialist Edo and ten others had kept sufficient pace to catch them on the descent.
U.S. Postal’s Victor Hugo Pena, fifth and 27 seconds behind, and Spain’s Francesco Cabello, eighth with a 30 second deficit, are Edo’s two main threats for an overall win on Sunday.