Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 4 of Itzulia Basque Country, his 3rd stage win of the race. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) was 2nd and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) placed 3rd.
For Team Dimension Data, the stage was about protecting the interests of Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, as he sat 15th on GC at the start of the stage. The climbing heavy stage was made more difficult by consistent downpour.
Ghebreigzabhier rode well, making the front group after the main category 1 climb that peaked at around 40km to go. Unfortunately our Eritrean was dislodged on the final cat3 climb, just 3km before the line, and lost a few seconds and placings on GC.
Tomorrow’s summit finish will be a definng stage in the overall classification.