Out in Southern Spain, riders continue to do battle with high altitude, varying tempertures and gravel. Most riders have passed through CP3 by this point and are heading back east along the coast or through the Sierra Nevada.
Early this morning Hayden McCormick came in for 2nd place, followed by Oscar Pujol who had put in a good ride during the night to finish in just over 66hrs. This gave us a top 3 of Lachlan Morton, Hayden McCormick and Oscar Pujol.
Day 4 also saw the top 10 be finialised. This has been one of the most interesting aspects of the race with riders changing positions constantly and a few hopefuls having to unfortunately scratch. Jose Angel Diaz held on to his position from this morning and finished in 6th. The closely fought battle between Hippy, Raul Peralta, Paulo Ferreira and Manuel Villabosos finished with Hippy getting the better of the other riders and finishing just under 2 hrs in front of Paulo. Manuel and Raul must have had as close to a sprint finish as you can get in utlra racing, finishing with 5 minutes of one another. Congratulations to all these riders.
Both Bruno and Hippy seem happy with their rides.
In the womans race, Sonia Colomo continues to lead the way, and should finish sometime this evening/early morning. Yolanda Magallón is the next woman one the road and still has some distance to go, but is nonethless riding well. Yishuang Gao is the third woman on the road and is currently 50km behind Yolanda.
Here are a few thoughts from Therese Sundstrom, who was riding well in the womans until she had to unfortunately scratch.
Third place in the pairs race should go to Mauricio Aguilar and Jason Paul who are just over 20km out from the finish.
Looking forward to this evening and tomorrow, we should see more finishers, including the first woman. Make sure who keep an eye on the dots and keep cheering them on as they finish!