Ben King wins stage four of Vuelta as Simon Yates closes gap on leader

Simon Yates closed the gap to the leaders red jersey with a late attack on stage four of the Vuelta a Espaa as Ben King recorded a rare victory for Team Dimension Data out of the breakaway

Simon Yates closed the gap to the leader’s red jersey with a late attack on stage four of the Vuelta a Espana as Ben King recorded a rare victory for Team Dimension Data out of the breakaway.

Yates assaulted from the peloton on the final climb up to Alfacar, and took 27 seconds out of Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski to cut his deficit overall to 10 sec, leaving him third overall behind Bora-Hansgrohe’s Emanuel Buchman who is seven seconds off red.

Quick guide

Vuelta a Espana stage results

Stage four : 1 Ben King( Dimension Data) 4hr 33 min 12 sec; 2 Nikita Stalnov( Astana) at 2sec; 3 Pierre Rolland( EF-Drapac) at 13 sec; 4 Luis Angel Mate( Cofidis) at 1min 8sec; 5 Ben Gastauer( AG2R) at 1min 39 sec.

General classification: 1 Michal Kwiatkowski( Sky) 13 hr 47 min 19 sec; 2 Emanuel Buchmann( Bora-Hansgrohe) at 7sec; 3 Simon Yates( Mitchelton-Scott) at 10 sec; 4 Alejandro Valverde( Movistar) at 12 sec; 5 Wilco Kelderman( Sunweb) at 25 sec.

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King took the stage victory out of the breakaway, devoting the injury-ravaged Dimension Data team their first major win since Mark Cavendish’s victory on stage three of the Dubai Tour in February.

The American King began the final climb in the virtual race result with the final riders in the breakaway enjoying a result of more than five minutes over the main group of favourites.

Team Wiggins to replace Aqua Blue Sport in Tour of Britain

Team Wiggins have taken the place of Aqua Blue Sport in this year’s Tour of Britain, which starts in Carmarthenshire this Sunday.

Aqua Blue Sport announced on Monday that they would discontinue racing at the end of the season after talks with another team over a consolidation fell apart, and they have now withdrawn from the event altogether.

Team Wiggins have twice taken part in the Tour of Britain before, with the present Team Sky rider Owain Doull finishing third overall in 2015.

The 19 -year-old team leader Tom Pidcock said:” I’m delighted to have an opportunity to ride in the Tour of Britain with Wiggins.

” Riding in front of British fans is always a great experience and hopefully our squad can give them plenty to cheer about over the course of the race .”

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