By Agence France Presse
Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) once again showed world champion Tom Boonen his heels en route to winning the fourth stage of the Ruta del Sol on Wednesday.
Boonen (Quick Step) held on for second ahead of Aussie Graeme Brown (Rabobank) in the 162.1km stage between Ecija and Ronda.
Spain’s Carlos Garcia Quesada (Unibet), remains the overall leader ahead of Rodrigo Garcia (Kaiku), who was briefly slowed by a crash involving several riders, and García Quesada’s brother, Adolfo (Andalucia-Paul Versan).
Thursday’s finale, a 172.6km run between Olvera and Seville, seems likely to conclude with another sprinters’ duel between Petacchi and Boonen and overall victory for Garcia Quesada.
1. Alessandro Petacchi (I) Milram), 162.1km in 4:07:11
2. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step, same time
3. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t
4. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Unibet, s.t
5. Guido Trenti (I), Quick Step, at 0:03
6. Inaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel, at 0:05
7. Luis Pasamontes (Sp), Unibet, s.t.
8. Rodrigo Garcia (Sp), Kaiku, s.t.
9. Lénaic Olivier (F), Agritubel, at 0:06
10. Angel Gomez (Sp), Saunier Duval, s.t.
Overall (after four stages)
1. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Unibet.com, 16:18:13
2. Rodrigo Garcia (Sp), Kaiku, at 0:05
3. Adolfo García Quesada (Sp), Andalucia-Paul Versan, at 0:16
4. Inaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel, at 0:20
5. Luis Pasamontes (Sp), Unibet, at 0:23
6. José Adrian Bonilla (Sp), Comunitat Valenciana, at 0:27
7. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 0:32
8. Manuel Lloret (Sp), Comunitat Valenciana, at 26:38
9. Jesus del Nero (Sp), 3 Molinos Resort, at 27:31
10. Manuel Calvente (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 27:52