Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won a weather-shortened fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday while American Tejay van Garderen retained the overall lead.

After 134km of racing – the stage was shortened from 194km due to snow on the route – FDJ led the peloton into the finale for Davide Cimolai. Bouhanni, however, surged past the Italian with 150 metres to go to take a convincing win. Cimolai finished second, with Orica-Scott’s Daryl Impey taking third.

The Cofidis rider finished ahead of Davide Cimolai and Daryl Impey.

BMC rider Van Garderen finished safely in the pack to retain his 41-second advantage ahead of Friday’s fifth stage which features a 1,000 meter climb toward the finish in Lo Port.

Team mate Samuel Sanchez is his closest challenger with Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas a further three seconds back. Spain’s Alberto Contador is seventh, one minute 13 seconds in arrears

Tour de France champion Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team mate Marco Soler attacked near the summit of the second-category Tudo del Puig on Thursday and managed to open a small gap before being caught with five kilometers left.

Source: Cycling News , Reuters

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