• Nacer Bouhanni getting low and fast in the race to the finish. (AAP)Source: AAP
Nacer Bouhanni won a weather-affected fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya while Tejay van Garderen retained the overall lead.
Cycling Central

24 Mar 2017 - 6:00 AM  UPDATED 24 Mar 2017 - 10:00 AM

Snow meant the stage from Llivia to Igualada was reduced by 50km and after several failed attacks towards the end of the day it came down to a bunch sprint which Bohanni (Cofidis) took comfortably.

He finished ahead of Davide Cimolai (FDJ) and Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott).

Cimolai edges Bouhanni to win first Catalunya stage
Davide Cimolai (FDJ) won the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya, pipping Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) at the finish in a bunch sprint to claim the leader's jersey.

BMC's Van Garderen finished safely in the pack to retain his 41-second advantage ahead of the fifth stage which features a 1,000 metre climb towards the finish in Lo Port.

Team-mate Samuel Sanchez is his closest challenger with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas a further three seconds back. Alberto Contador is seventh, one minute 13 seconds in arrears.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky), Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team-mate Marco Soler attacked near the summit of the second category Tudo del Puig and managed to open a small gap before being caught with five kilometres left.