Vuelta a España stage 4 report: Groves powers to victory in a hectic sprint

24-year-old Australian Kaden Groves tops Juan Sebastián Molano in Tarragona.

Kaden Groves surges past Juan Sebastián Molano.

Dane Cash
by Dane Cash 29.08.2023 More from Dane +

Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) sprinted to his third career Grand Tour stage win on Tuesday’s stage 4 of the Vuelta a España. The 24-year-old Australian bested Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and Edward Theuns (Lidl-Trek) in a chaotic sprint in Tarragona.

The stage saw two crashes in the last few kilometers, but the major GC favorites finished safely on the day, with Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) maintaining his overall race lead.

Brief results


Kaden Groves wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España.

Quotes of the day

“Sebas [Juan Sebastián Molano] went full from the bottom with 350 meters to go and I was luckily patient enough and strong enough to close the gap with around 100 meters to go,” Groves said after his victory.

“I was confident I could pass him because he led out from very early. On a finish like that, which is super tough and long, I thought he would have to be on a really good day to beat me.”

Up next

Stage 5 could be another day for the fast finishers, with a late second-category climb to tackle but a mostly flat run-in to the line. It’s not a guarantee for the sprinters (it never is at the Vuelta) but the likes of Groves, Coquard, and Molano will again be the pre-stage favorites.

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