'Superman' Lopez seizes Tour of Catalonia lead


Madrid (AFP)

Colombia's Miguel Angel Lopez climbed to a brilliant solo victory on stage four of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday thereby clinching a narrow oveall lead on his key rivals for the overall victory.

Astana's 25-year-old Lopez, who won the Tour of Colombia last month, sprung out of the day's final breakaway to snatch the leader's jersey from Belgium's Thomas de Gendt, who led after clinching a solo breakaway victory on day one

A handful of riders sit just a few seconds behind Lopez in the overall as Britain's Adam Yates of Mitcheton Scott, another Colombian the recent Paris-Nice champion Sky's Egan Bernal, and the Irish all-rounder Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates can all take the victory Sunday in Barcelona.

Lopez, who got the nickname 'Superman' after fighting off a knife attack at 16, edged out Bora-Hansgrohe's Gregor Muhlberger and Movistar?s Marc Soler at the end of a 150.3-kilometre stage that began in Llanars and finished in La Molina.