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Andalucía Bike Race 2011: Stage 4 report

Spaniard Alejandro Díaz de la Peña and his Portuguese team mate Luis Leao Pinto take the lead in the SSpanish stage race

Following the second stage of the Andalucía Bike Race, Spaniard Alejandro Díaz de la Peña and his Portuguese team mate Luis Leao Pinto became winners race´s longest stage, which took its start from Priego de Cordoba village, and moving into the overall lead.

Even though they asserted in the finish line that they “suffered a lot” because of the “strong wind” that prevailed today, they showed their “big happiness” with their first victory in Andalucía Bike Race.

After them, showing their regularity in this competition since it began last Sunday, Czechs Kristian Hynek and Pavel Boudny from Ceska Sporitelna-Specialized have been second and, with this result, they get the provisional leadership of Andalucía Bike Race.

Those who were leaders until today, the Orbea team, have decided not to take the start of the fourth stage of Andalucía Bike Race and to quit the event, because of their disagreement about the decision made yesterday by the Technical Jury related to the General Classifications.

Andalucía Bike Race´s Organization regrets Orbea´s retirement, but doesn ´t share their disagreement, since it was a resolution taken by the Spanish Federation of Cyclism(RFEC) in keeping with Andalucia Bike Race´s particular regulations and with the Organization´s criteria.

Third were the also Czechs Martin Horak and Tomas Vokrouhlik, from BMC Factor team, who are realizing how “each day” their rhythm “increases and improves”.

David Lozano and Ismael Ventura, from Bicis Esteve, finished in the fourth position, while the Team T- Bike/Apfoss Racing of Danish Casper Saltoft and Thomas Bundgaard where fifth.

Previous leaders of the race José Antonio Hermida and Ralph Näf were forced to pull out of the Andalucia Bike Race due to injury at the end of the second stage.

The Topeak-Ergon/Hansens Floedeis showed again their high level among women. In the finish line, Noergaard remarked that, even though Bigham looks “tiny and Little, she pulled today and she was big on the bicycle”.

Moreover, them and the rest of participants highlighted that this stage, despite of its length and the big effort demanded (with 115 kilometers), was “one of the nicest” and with a “spectacular ending with incredible views over Jaen city”.

Tomorrow’s stage, that will be the shorter and will compensate today´s hardness, will arrive to the feet of Sierra Mágina, declared Natural Park, to go through the Pegalajar Mountains and go back to Jaén.

The British flag is been flown by the Mixed pairing of Josh Ibbett and Cait Elliot who are working well together and currently leading their category.

You can follow the race online with live results on the website at www.adaluciabikerace.com.

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