Treacherous stipulations on a long descent meant to begin the stage resulted within the day's racing being shortened to simply 134km.
French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni gained the fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday after it used to be shortened by 60km as a result of snow.
The 26-12 months-outdated beat Italy's Davide Cimolai and Daryl Impey of South Africa in a dash finish as American Tejay Van Garderen maintained his general lead.
however treacherous prerequisites on a protracted descent supposed to start out the stage resulted within the day's racing being shortened to simply 134km.
a brief category two climb just about the end noticed the race explode into existence as a couple of total contenders, together with France's Romain Bardet and Alejandro Valverde of Spain, attacked in a hope of gaining some time.
And whereas most expert sprinters were dropped from the prime crew at that stage, Bouhanni hung on prior to comfortably profitable the dash.
Spain's Samuel Sanchez is still in 2d location, forty one seconds at the back of his BMC teammate, whereas Britain's Geraint Thomas of workforce Sky is 1/3 at 44sec.
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is fifth at 49sec.
Friday's 182km fifth stage is more likely to be decisive as it finishes with an eight.4km climb to Lo Port de Tortosa at and moderate 9 percent gradient.