A controversial maneuver in front of the pack causes a crash that affects almost all Movistar Team and leader Valverde, which the help of his teammates and his courage will loose less than a minute in a generally progresses in Cobo

After three magical days at the start of the Vuelta 2012, Movistar Team has now known the taste of misfortune in the fourth stage of the race, the second top finish straight, with target on top of Valdezcaray (1st) after 155 kilometers travel. A crash in the front of the large group caused by a maneuver Sky team has involved almost all components of the telephone squad-only Cobo Intxausti and the incident unscathed Lastras-out, including Imanol Erviti-with multiple bruises and five stitches on his face was the most affected. Moreno Rojas Quintana and also hit the ground, while Alejandro Valverde Castroviejo and were forced to began-a little less than 40 kilometers from the finish, a time trial to try to reach a first group accelerated its progress at the time of the fall and for which he lost more than a minute.

Aided by all his colleagues, Movistar Team leader gave a new lesson in courage and solo climb despite the final climb was left only 55 seconds on a favorite group in which always remained Juanjo Cobo, and near the top a general-ten now commanded Rodriguez (KAT) and which is now Valverde 9 ° (at 36'') and Cobo, 11 to 47 seconds. The race will live tomorrow a day of transition expected in the fifth stage, starting and finishing in Logroño, 168 km, before two new finishes, on Thursday (Jaca) and Saturday at the Coll de La Gallina (Andorra).
Translated from the TEAM MOVISTAR Spanish website.