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G'day on this fairly plain Thursday in February. I'm Vern Pitt here to guide you through all the latest from the world of cycling.

This morning we'll have live coverage of the Saudi Tour and this afternoon there's Vuelta Valenciana.


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Saudi Tour: With 52km of stage four, the race's queen stage underway the break has 1.52 on the peloton.

Saudi Tour: For those of you keen to know the break of four riders is made up of Felix Engelhardt (Jayco AlUla), Antonio Barac (Corratec), Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Terengganu Polygon) and Nickolas Zukowsky (Q36.5)

Saudi Tour: Bahrain Victorious are setting the pace on the front of the peloton and the gap is ticking down. It's now at 1.38 with 44km to go.

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Saudi Tour: With 15km to go the break has just 20 seconds now as the climb looms.

Turn on your TV!

Saudi Tour: And now Zukowsky is caught with 12km to go. It's all together, except for Frederik Rodenberg (DSM) who has just slipped off the back.  

Saudi Tour: As the drag of the lower slopes (still not officially the climb) takes its toll a few riders are losing contact.

Saudi Tour: With the gradients hitting 18% in some of the turns the peloton is broken to pieces. UAE Emirates set the pace for Davide Formolo.

Saudi Tour: It's 22% round some of these turns and a group of Formolo, his team-mate Felix Großschartner, Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) and a Bahrain Victroious rider I can't identify go clear.

Saudi Tour: Formolo attacks. But he's only dropped his team-mate. Guerreiro then counters.

Saudi Tour: Guerreiro piles on the pressure on the 17% slopes. But the front three stay together.

Saudi Tour: The front three have a gap of 55 seconds over the main group of chasers. It appears that Formolo's team-mate is between the two groups.

Saudi Tour: Buitrago appears unhappy with Formolo's desire to let his team-mate catch back on. The Italian is sitting on the back.

Saudi Tour: No danger of being out of sight here on this dead straight road in the desert. 

Saudi Tour: 4km to do and Großschartner has caught the front three.

Saudi Tour: The front four seem to be working well together now.

Saudi Tour: Formolo attacks just before 1km to go but Buitrago counters and gets a small gap.

Reuben Guerreiro wins stage 4 of the Saudi Tour

Vuelta Valenciana: After a rather hilly day out in Spain and with 50km to go the break of three riders has a 3.22 lead on the chasing peloton.

Valenciana: The break is made up of Javier Romo (Astana Qazaqstan), Alessandro de Marchi (Jayco-AlUla) a veteran stage hunter from the break-away, and Samuele Zoccarto an Italian rider with Green Project-Bardiani.

Valenciana: Now with just under 40km to go the lead has been cut to 2.44.

Valenciana: Ben Perry is caught by the main bunch as Cycling Weekly columnist Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) sets the pace o nthe front of the bunch.

Valenciana:  Zoccarto has been distanced by his two breakaway companions now. 35km to go.

Valenciana: Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), the GC leader of the race, has been spat out of the back of the peloton.

Valenciana: With 34km to go Matej Mohorič has now taken over pace-setting duties at the head of the rapidly reducing peloton.

Big crash at Etoile de Bessèges

Valenciana: 25km to go and the break's led is just 1.12

Rider hangs off bridge after crash

Valenciana: Mohorič continues to set the pace but with 17km to go the two out front are doing a remarkable job of holding the gap at 1.13.

Valenciana: 12km to go and for the first time the gap to the two leaders has dipped below one minute.

Valenciana: Ineos Grenadiers have come to the front to set a strong pace as the race goes under 10km to go. Carlos Rodriguez is doing the work right now.

Turn on your TV now!

Valenciana: I made a mistake earlier it's Jonathan Castroviejo who's currently setting the pace on the front.  Carlos Rodriguez is, of course, the Spanish champion - about fourth wheel.

Valenciana: Just 6km to go and the breakaway is being caught. Not that the TV motorbike can get out of the way very well on these very tight twisty Spanish roads.

Valenciana: 5km the whole race is back together now and soon it'll really kick up to the finish.

Valenciana: It's Carlos Rodriguez's birthday today and so you'd do wel lto bet against him. You'd be surprised how often riders find a way to win on their birthday.

Valenciana: 2.7km to go and Castroviejo doesn't seem to be tiring! Marc Soler is struggling at the back. Even his team-mate Laurens de Plus can't take the pace and drops out of the line.

Valenciana: Young British neo-pro Thomas Gloag (Jumbo-Visma) is still very much at the head of affairs as the race reaches 2km to go.

Valenciana: Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) takes over but immediately Brandon McNulty (UAE Emirates) attacks and gets a decent a gap.

Valenciana: McNulty looks calm and composed and Gloag bridges the gap and the two start workign together. They've not got a massive gap yet though.

Giulio Ciccone wins stage 2 of the Vuelta Valenciana

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