Rui Costa climbed two positions in the general classification after the summit arrival in the 4th stage of the Tour de Romandie, which started from Conthey and finished in Villars sur Ollon after that the riders covered, under a cold rain, 173 km and the climbs of Corin, of the Col des Planches, of the La Rasse and a first passage at Villars sur Ollon.
LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be at the start with one of his most competitive cyclists for the mountains, who’s Louis Meintjes, because he’s suffering, as other riders in the peloton, for the flu.
Despite the absence of the South African cyclist, LAMPRE-MERIDA could realize a very good performance which was finalized by Rui Costa (photo Watson/Bettini), who pedaled for the whole course with the top riders and could be, on the final climb, with the first chasing group of 7 riders who were chasing the attackers Froome-Van Garderen (the America athlete was dropped and reached by the chasers).
Rui Costa increased the pace when he noticed that Spilak and Frank were slower than him and he succeeded in overtaking them in the overall classification: the Portuguese champions was 7th in the stage standing, at 4″ to the winner Froome and in the general classification is 6th at 1’12” to Quintana.
Very good performance by Polanc, who pedaled with Rui Costa until the final climb, and by the whole team which helped the captain in approaching the climbs in the best possible positions.
Cimolai quit the race because of flu symptom.
“Today result is very good for Rui, considering the situation in the overall classification – sports director Pedrazzini explained – He managed the energies in order to be reactive on the final climb, it was not easy because the weather conditions were very bad.
However, Rui was great in speeding up when he realized that he could overtake Spilak and Frank, he focused his attention more on the overall classification than on the stage result, also because today Froome was very strong“.
1- Froome 4h44’24”
2- Izagirre 4″
3- Pinot s.t.
4- Zakarin s.t.
5- Quintana s.t.
7- Rui Costa s.t.
26- Polanc 2’49”, 57- Grmay 15’37”, 67- Mohoric 19’42”, 90- Mario Costa 27’44”, 107- Bono 27’47”, Cimolai dnf, Meintjes non partito.
1- Quintana 12h07’03”
2- Pinot 19″
3- Izagirre 23″
4- Zakarin 26″
5- Dumoulin 57″
6- Rui Costa 1’12”