Alba into second echelon of favourites in Santa Rosa de Viterbo

14 February 2020
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Young ‘boyacense’ from Movistar Team now 20″ behind overall top-ten (17th) after suffocating pace by main GC contenders into Malterías climb. Higuita (EF1) wins + takes over GC lead.

Aged just 22 and in his second race wearing the Movistar Team colours, Juan Diego Alba took charge of bringing a good result to the Pablo Lastras-led team during stage four of the 2020 Tour Colombia, 168km between Paipa and Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

The youngster from Tuta, Boyacá, kept the impressive pace of the favourites’ group, led by INEOS, until the last kilometers of the Alto Malterías (Cat-3), whose slopes, generous yet still lumpy -around 5%-, allowed the GC contenders making the difference and leave the sprinters behind.

Carlos Verona took care of his team-mates until the approach to the line. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

Alba finished just behind the second group, 39″ down, which now puts him in 17th spot overall, +1’51” after the day’s winner and new GC leader Sergio Higuita (EF1) and just 20″ off the top ten. “It was such a fast pace uphill and I paid that effort near the finish, also because I’m still lacking a bit of racing pace. But that’s why we’re here: to acquire the form we need in this early part of the season and hopefully get some results at our main goals back in Europe“, were Juan Diego’s words.

The Tour Colombia will visit Egan Bernal’s (INS, 2nd today) home city Zipaquirá tomorrow on stage five (180km), the last chance for the sprinters. After that, Sunday will bring the Queen, decisive stage, over the climbs of Patios and, most notably, El Verjón, end of the race and its highest point at nearly 3,300 meters above sea level.

Cover picture (c): Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

Male Team 11 - 16 Feb

Tour Colombia COL

(4th Stage) Paipa - Santa Rosa de Viterbo (168.6 km)
  1. 01 Sergio Higuita EF Education First 3h58'47"
  2. 02 Egan Bernal Team INEOS "
  3. 03 Julian Alaphilippe Deceuninck - Quick Step +1"
  4. 25 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team +39"
  5. 99 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team +4'34"
  6. 110 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +5'13"
  7. 113 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +5'37"
  8. 120 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +6'27"
  9. 123 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +7'26"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Sergio Higuita EF Education First 11h25'47"
  2. 03 Daniel Martínez EF Education First +12"
  3. 02 Jonathan Caicedo EF Education First +14"
  4. 17 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team +1'51"
  5. 71 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team +5'46"
  6. 80 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +6'49"
  7. 92 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +7'39"
  8. 104 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +10'08"
  9. 113 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +11'39"
See stage ranking