The fourth stage was the first with arrival at high, a favorable day for the adventures of off-road cyclists that were not important for the general, soon the break of the day took place and they were marking differences. runners outnumbered the peloton in more than 10 minutes.
Ben Gastauer (Ag2r La Mondiale), Nikita Stalnov (Astana), Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal), Ben King (Team Dimension Data), Pierre Rolland (Education First-Drapac), Lars Boom (Astana), Oscar Cabedo (Burgos- BH), Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis) and Aritz Bagües (Euskadi-Murias), sought glory in Granada, where they arrived with enough advantage to dream of victory and even with the red jersey.
Before starting the ascent to Alfacar they started from the head grupal Wallays, King and Stalnov, and got an almost definitive advantage. The peloton pressed and the leadership for King became a chimera.
The climb became very demanding, the peloton lost units quickly and a small group of about 15 runners held the pace, ahead Rolland tried to reach the two in front, but swam to drown on the shore, managed to catch up with them, but very fatigued He could not play the sprint, King spilled hard and left his companion very easy.