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De Marchi wins in Spain; Greipel aces Tour of Britain stage 4
September 06, 2018
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Madrid: Italy’s Alessandro De Marchi held off the challenge of Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo to win the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday.

But Britain’s Simon Yates of Mitchelton retains the overall lead after he also withstood a series of late attacks, in particular from Movistar’s Nairo Quintana.

De Marchi, of BMC Racing Team, and Katusha-Alpecin’s Restrepo both pulled clear of a large breakaway group, which had been spearheaded by France’s Thibaut Pinot with around 80 kilometres to go.

De Marchi then outlasted Restrepo on the final ascent to finish on his own for a third stage victory in this event, following up those he won in 2013 and 2014.

“If I waited for the sprint, I think for sure I would have been second,” De Marchi said.

“The only option I had was to try everything on the last climb and honestly I didn’t feel the best (in my) legs, it was just about the mind.”

De Marchi crossed the line, with his arms outstretched, 28 seconds ahead of Restrepo.

Italy’s Franco Pellizotti was 59 seconds back in third, at the end of the longest stage of the race at 207.8 kilometres. The event will continue on Thursday with the 12th stage between Mondonedo and Manon.

Greipel grabs win

Andre Greipel won the Tour of Britain’s fourth stage as the German held his nerve in a sprint finish at Leamington Spa on Wednesday.

Greipel, riding for Lotto-Soudal, won for a second time this week, adding the 183.5-kilometres stage from Nuneaton to Sunday’s opening win in Newport.

Italy’s Sacha Modolo of Education First finished second, with New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin coming in third place.

“I knew it was going to be a long sprint but I planned to go from the corner full gas and it worked out perfectly,” Greipel told ITV 4.

BMC Racing’s Bevin held on to the overall lead by picking up four bonus seconds ahead of Thursday’s fifth stage, a 14km uphill team time-trial from Cockermouth to Whinlatter. Australia’s Cameron Meyer is four seconds behind and Julian Alaphilippe of France is a further two seconds back.

“It was the plan to be first into the last corner. If you’re going to lead out, you’re not going to win, but you might get a podium and some more time,” Bevin said.

“With 400 metres to go I had Jempy (Drucker) drop me off and then I came up the inside of the corner.”

The race finishes on Sunday in central London.

Agence France Presse

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