Juan Jose Cobo (Fuji-Servetto) has won today’s fourth stage of the 2009 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain.
Cobo launched a late attack on the final climb of the day, leaving a group of overall favourites in his wake. They were led home by Denis Menchov (Rabobank) eight seconds adrift of the Spanish winner.
Ireland’s Philip Deignan (Cervelo) put in a great ride to finish in fifth.
Levi Leipheimer (Astana) finished eighth on the stage, one second behind Menchov. He maintains his overall lead of the race, with team-mate Alberto Contador in second spot, 16 seconds behind. David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) is third, 22 seconds behind fellow American Leipheimer.
The final stage of the race takes place tomorrow, a 152.5km jaunt from Benavente to Valladolid.
Alberto Contador leads team-mate and race leader Levi Leipheimer
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon stage four results
1. Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 145.5km in 3-42-03
2. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank at 8secs
3. Javier Moreo (Spa) Andaluica-Cajasur at 9secs
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
5. Philip Deignan (Ire) Cervelo
6. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
7. Ezeqiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia
8. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
9. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
10. Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper all same time.
General classification after stage four
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana at 16secs
3. Dave Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 22secs
4. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 49secs
5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank at 55secs
6. Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1-16
7. Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 1-17
8. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing at 1-33
9. Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-36
10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-39
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Vuelta a Castilla y Leon stage 4 photo gallery, by Graham Watson
Stage 3: Valverde takes the stage
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon stage three photo gallery, by Graham Watson
Stage 2: Leipheimer smashes the opposition in time trial
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