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Vuelta a España Stage 4 Threadjack: Calmejane Scores, Atapuma Profits

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Super-fast threadjack w results: Direct Energie's Lillian Calmejane took the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España with an attack out of the day's breakaway, surviving alone to San Andres de Teixeido for the victory. Calmejane's surprising win gave the team its first World Tour success since its Europcar days, all the way back in 2013. BMC's Darwin Atapuma took second on the stage, and with the time bonus he managed to capture the overall lead from Movistar's Ruben Fernandez, who lost time on the final climb anyway. Alejandro Valverde moves into second overall.

Results:

1 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 4:05:19
2 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:00:15
3 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
4 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19
5 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:23
6 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:24
7 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:33
8 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:37
9 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:40
10 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:42

GC:

1 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 13:23:10
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:29
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:33
4 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:00:39
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:08
7 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:11
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:01:13
9 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:15
10 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:23

KOM Leader

1 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 10 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6
3 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 5

Points Leader

1 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 26 pts
2 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 25
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 25

Stage 4 Vuelta profile

Betanzos - San Andrés de Teixido 163.5 km

In a shocking turn of events today's Vuelta stage will finish on a climb. Seem to be more of the scenic kind than the brutal kind we had yesterday.

Miradorian of the Day: Alejandro Valverde

Can we expect another Movistar supernova? Either way Valverde should win a day like this.

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