Algarve cyclist Amaro Antunes (W52 / FC Porto) withstood the attacks of his opponents on the climb to the Tower and kept the «yellow jersey» of the special edition of Volta a Portugal, after the 4th stage won by Jóni Brandão (Efapel).
In a stage of 148 kilometers starting in Guarda, the Spaniard Cristián Rodríguez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) was part of the day's escape and isolated himself at the beginning of the last climb, but the group with the “yellow jersey” did not allow sailing.
On the final climb, hampered by complicated weather conditions, the Algarvian João Rodrigues, winner of the Volta in 2019, always defended the "yellow" of his countryman Amaro Antunes from the attacks of the main rivals.
In the last kilometer, the attacks followed, with Jóni Brandão being the strongest at the finish line, followed by Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel) and Amaro Antunes, both at 3 seconds.
João Rodrigues was ranked 9th, 34 seconds, while Alejandro Marque (Atum General / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel) came in 11th place, at 40.
The Spanish Vicente de Mateos, from Aviludo / Louletano, did not endure the attacks in the group of the “yellow jersey” in the final kilometers and, reaching more than four minutes from the first, he was out of the race to win the race.
In the individual overall, Amaro Antunes remains in 1st place, 13 seconds ahead of Frederico Figueiredo and 1.13 minutes over teammate Gustavo Veloso. João Rodrigues occupies the 7th position, at 2.00 minutes, and Mark the 8th, at 2.15.
Tomorrow, Friday, the platoon will go through the 5th stage, between Oliveira do Hospital and Águeda (176.3 kilometers).