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Martin Perdiguero Wins Stage 4 Of The Tour Of Valencia. Dario Frigo Gets Lead Back

To-day could have blown the race apart. With a flat run-in to the bottom of the climb, Fassa Bortolo kept it together for an explosive summit finish.

A 131 riders headed off toward the climb of the Alto del Campello, which is at the end of a fairly flat stage of 158 kilometres.

The bunch was held at bay by Fassa Bortolo and Rabobank, the pace was high and only Zubeldia was daft enough to try an escape, which came to nothing, in the first two hours.

When the road started to rize, Kelme took over for Rabobank at the front. And surprize, surprize at the start of the “Alto”, World champ Mario Ciplolini was leading up the hill. Colom (Relax) and Zaballa (Kelme) were brought back after a short stint off the front, then Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) attacked with Bernabeu (Milanaza), just infront of Perdiguero (Domina Vicanza) and Pascual Llorente (Kelme). Perdiguero went round them for the stage win and Frigo was back in the leaders jersey.

David Bernabeu and Pascual Llorente both leap-froged onto the podium. Rafa Casero tried his best to keep the overall, but finished at 59 seconds behind, not bad for a big bloke!

Tomorrow is the last stage, 165 kilometres round Valencia, Fassa Bortolo should keep it all together. Looks like another foreign win then?

Stage 4 Result:

1st. M.Martin Perdiguero (DOM) 3.47.39.
2nd. D.Frigo (FAS) same time.
3rd. D.Bernabeu (MIL) same time.
4th. J.Pascual Llorente (KEL) same time.
5th. A.Vinokourov (TEL) at 16 secs.
6th. M.Boogerd (RAB) at 16 secs.

Overall After Stage 4:

1st. D.Frigo (FAS) 11.34.01.
2nd. D.Bernabeu (MIL) at 15 secs.
3rd. J.Pascual Llorente (KEL) at 15 secs.
4th. D.Millar (COF) at 24 secs.
5th. X.Florencio (ONCE) at 36 secs.
6th. M.Martin Perdiguero (DOM) at 40 secs.

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