Teamwork keeps Grenadiers safe on stage four

29 Aug 2023

Teamwork keeps Grenadiers safe on stage four

Vuelta a Espana - Stage 4 » Andorra la Vella › Tarragona, 184.6km

Strong positioning work led to the team crossing the line safely in a finale marred by crashes on stage four of La Vuelta.

After the final climb of the day, the Grenadiers took up the work at the front of the peloton. Impressive turns from Filippo Ganna, Kim Heiduk, and Omar Fraile lined out the bunch until the sprinters teams took over.

The group stayed attentive near the front of the race, as a large crash blocked the road behind them just before the three kilometre to go banner.

On the technical run-in the team yet again were well placed to avoid another crash with just a few hundred metres to go, crossing the line shortly behind the stage winner Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck).

The 185 kilometre stage to Tarragona was characterised by a consistently high pace throughout the day, with the average speed at the line a blistering 45 km/h. 

Thymen Arensman jumped up two places to 12th overall, 45 seconds back on continued race leader Remco Evenepoel (Soudal - Quick-Step). Geraint Thomas also finished safely, and is now up to 18th place, 1:11 back on the red jersey.