Alberto Contador wins Tour of Algarve stage four

Michal Kwiatkowski retains overall lead after placing third behind Alberto Contador on mountain stage

Volta ao Algarve - Stage Four
Alberto Contador on his way to winning Stage 4 of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve. Michal Kwiatkowski eventually lost 10 seconds to Contador but retained the overall lead.
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) took his first victory of the season, winning stage four of the Tour of the Algarve on Saturday.

World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) placed second at the mountain-top finish of Alto do Malhao, with race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in third.

With one stage remaining in the race, Kwiatkowski now looks set to take the overall victory as he leads Contador by 16 seconds, and Costa by 29 seconds.

Results
Tour of the Algarve 2014, stage four
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo in 4-02-08

2. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida at 3 secs

3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 10 secs

4. Eduard Prades (Spa) OFM-Quinta Da Lixa at 13 secs

5. Tiago Machado (Por) Netapp-Endura at same time

Overall classification after stage four
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 13-05-50

2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 16 secs

3. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida at 29 secs

4. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Fdj at 1-10

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 1-29

Volta ao Algarve - Stage Four

Alberto Contador on the podium after winning Stage 4 of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Volta ao Algarve - Stage Four

Volta ao Algarve - Stage Four

Alberto Contador on his way to winning Stage 4 of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve. Michal Kwiatkowski eventually lost 10 seconds to Contador but retained the overall lead.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Volta ao Algarve - Stage Four

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