[QODLink]
Cycling

Albasini sprints to stage four win

Swiss rider holds off four other riders to win hilly fourth stage of Paris-Nice as Talansky keeps yellow jersey.
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2013 18:08
Garmin-Sharp’s Andrew Talansky maintained his overall lead of three seconds over Andriy Grivko of Ukraine [AFP]

Switzerland's Michael Albasini sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of Paris-Nice on Thursday, as US rider Andrew Talansky held onto the leader's yellow jersey.

Orica's Albasini streaked clear of the pack to claim the 199.5km stage from Brioude to Saint-Vallier, with Kazakh Maxim Iglinskiy and Peter Velits of Slovakia in second and third.

Garmin's Talansky came home in the same time as the winner in sixth place to preserve the jersey he claimed in winning the previous day's third stage.

Albasini said he was happy with the win, as it gave him an idea of his form.

"I didn't really know how strong I was coming into Paris-Nice. I hadn't raced since Majorca (in early February) and there's been a lot of snow at home," the 32-year-old told reporters.

"The stage went well. I only lost time in the closing stages on Wednesday. Today I suffered over the bumps but I was able to keep in contact."

Talansky meanwhile praised his team and said it was important now to stay calm. He added that who his main challengers were was unclear but he was mindful of the threat from Tejay Van Garderen and Richie Porte.

Friday's fifth stage takes the riders 176km from Chateauneuf-du-Pape - a favoured holiday destination of medieval popes - to La Montagne de Lure, where the race finishes with a 13.6km-long category one climb.

245

Source:
AFP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.

Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.