Radioshack’s Manuel Cardoso took the bunch sprint at the end of stage four of the Volta a Catalunya in Spain on Thursday.

Cardoso won ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard-Trek) in second and Jose Rojas (Movistar) in El Vendrell after 195km of racing. Pre-stage favourite and stage two winner Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) didn’t finish, having pulled out due to illness.

Spaniard Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) finished safely in the bunch to keep hold of his overall lead ahead of Cardoso’s Radioshack team-mate Levi Leipheimer, at 23 seconds.

Ireland’s Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) came across the line in tenth spot to keep hold of his fourth place in the overall classification, 35 seconds adrift of Contador.

Contador found out in the morning that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the Spanish Cycling Federation’s decision to acquit him of charges relating to testing positive for clenbuterol at the Tour de France last year.

Friday’s fifth stage features three climbs on its 205.8km journey from El Vendrell to Tarragona. The 2011 Volta a Catalunya concludes on Sunday (March 27).

Results

Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four: La Seu D’Urgell to El Vendrell, 195km

1. Manuel Cardoso (Por) Radioshack in 4-33-02


2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard-Trek

3. Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar

4. Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural

5. Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Highroad

6. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis

7. William Clarke (Aus) Leopard-Trek

8. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo

9. Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM

10. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervelo all same time

Other

69. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at same time

Overall classification after stage four

1.
Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard in 17-38-57

2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack at 23 secs

3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD

4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervelo at 35 secs

5. Chris Horner (USA) Radioshack

6. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky at 38 secs

7. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

8. Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar

9. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 50 secs

10. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 1-12

Other

65. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 9-01

Alberto Contador leads, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Alberto Contador, race leader

Levi Leipheimer, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Levi Leipheimer

Jason McCartney, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Jason McCartney

Christian Vande Velde, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Christian Vande Velde

David Moncoutie, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



David Moncoutie

Philip Deignan, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Philip Deignan

Manuel Cardoso, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Manuel Cardoso takes the bunch sprint to win the stage

Alberto Contador leads, Volta a Catalunya 2011, stage four



Alberto Contador still leads overall

Related links



UCI to appeal to CAS in Contador case



Volta a Catalunya stage three: Contador takes solo win



Volta a Catalunya 2011 stage two: Petacchi wins



Volta a Catalunya 2011 stage one: Smukulia solos to win opener

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