The fourth stage in the Colombia Oro y Paz 2018 is credited to the palmares of Julian Alaphilippe. On the ramps of the final climb El Tambo he left the Colombians behind him. A few meters away Sergio Luis Henao and Nairo Quintana finished second and third. Alaphilippe takes over the leader jersey from teammate Fernando Gaviria.
Leading group with twenty riders
In advance it was almost certain that Gaviria would lose his leader’s jersey with an uphill finish. Nevertheless, the super-talented rider attack. He got no less than nineteen riders with him, including teammates Álvaro José Hodeg and Iljo Keisse. Along the way the three riders of Quick-Step Floors gathered the most points on the mountain and during the intermediate sprints. In the final phase, the leader of the classification teamed up with Nicolas Paredes (Medellin-Inder), but were chased by the teams of the climbers. Just before the foot of the final climb, everything melted back together.
Quick-Step Floors prevails
An elite group soon remained on the final climb. The first serious attack followed two kilometers before the end, when veteran Oscár Sevilla pushed hard on the pedals. On a large gear he tried to run away, but the young dogs followed in his wake. Daniel Felipe Martínez (EF Education First-Drapac) was the next to try, with Ecuadorian champion Jhonatan Narvaez (Quick-Step Floors) in his wheel. They too did not leave, after which Sky maintained the tempo. Colombian champion Henao had to finish it, but he was not up to the acceleration of Alaphilippe. As a result, Quick-Step Floors achieved its fourth victory in just as many stages.