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Gregor Mühlberger (Movistar) won stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps after he outsprinted breakaway companions Torstein Traæn (Uno-X) and Giulio Pellizzari (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) in Predazzo.
The Austrian was forced to lead out the three-man sprint, but his experience and power won the day as he unleashed a crisp effort to claim the spoils ahead of Traæn and Pellizzari.
Mühlberger had three Movistar teammates for company in the break of the day, which went clear on the opening climb of the Passo Sommo, and he proceeded to create the winning move with his forcing on the lower slopes of the final ascent of the Pramadiccio.
Pellizzari tracked him immediately there, and the 19-year-old later pressed clear alone midway up the climb. The Italian crested the summit with 15 seconds in hand on the Mühlberger and Traæn, but they caught back up to him with 12km to go, and the trio combined smoothly from there to the finish.
Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) finished safely in the main peloton to retain the overall lead with one day remaining.
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