The first of the final three days sees the race based in Córdoba, surrounded by the town’s ancient architecture. With the incredible start rolling over the Roman bridge, the stage was set for another great day’s racing. It was a familiar tale once the riders reached the finish, it was the Topeak pairings of Hynek / Lakata and Bigham / Leumann who once again took the top spots in both men and women. It wasn’t plain sailing however as Sally Bigham suffered a mechanical which cost the pairing valuable time, they managed to recover and cross the line first to reaffirm their dominant and unbeaten status. Hynek and Lakata sopped the clock on 3:38:11 in front of the Spanish pairing of Juan Pedro Trujillo and Victor Manuel Fernandez. Hynek and Lakata move back to the top of the overall with over a minute of advantage after Ilias and Ferreira dropped nearly two and a half minutes and had to settle for fourth.

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The most incredible start scene the field cross over Córdoba’s Roman bridge.
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The same familiar faces at the front of the men’s field as the Topeak and Protek riders do battle.
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Gustav Larsson leads his team mate Carl Friberg.
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Leaving the sun of Córdoba behind, the skies were overcast but no rain fell. If the forecast is to be believed it looks like the weather could add some extra spice to the last day.
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After 4 days rider’s bodies are feeling the effects, extra grit and determination is needed to see each stage off.
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Open rock sections gave riders a conundrum with multiple line choices and no clear answer to which was fastest.
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The tough rock sections proved no match for the skill of Leumann and Bigham.
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Hynek and Lakata are now in a very good position with 2 days to go, but anything can still happen with many more kilometers to navigate.
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Pablo Rodriguez at the end of another exhausting day, 2 more to go.

Andalucia Bike Race Day Four Results:





Andalucia Bike Race Overall Results After Day Four:





For full results and more information visit the Andalucia Bike Race Website.

Words & Photos: Ross Bell

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