April 30 th 2019 - 14:50 [GMT + 1]
Merzouga, 30 April 2019. A 60 km transfer from Ouzina to Merzouga, where the 2019 Garmin Titan Desert will continue tomorrow. After yesterday's marathon stage, which left them without physical or technical support and forced them to sleep using whatever they had carried on their bicycles the day before, the riders retrieved their belongings from the camp and met up with their support crews to prepare for stage 4.
The 119 km course from Merzouga to M'ssici will pit the competitors against a kaleidoscope of terrains and an altitude gain of just over 1,000 metres. After a fast start and crossing a large wadi, the course will take riders through a vast chott near kilometre 15. The rest of this transition from the desert to the mountains is a long but uncomplicated ride to the finish on tracks in good condition.
Pau Salvà leads the general classification. The Tamayo Team rider has a margin of 1′01″ over Josep Betalú, with Guillem Muñoz sitting in third place at 2′32″. Moisés Dueñas, José Luis López Miranda, Haimar Zubeldia, Roberto Bou, Óscar Pujol, José Luis Carrasco and Marek Rauchfuss round out the top 10.
Meanwhile, Anna Ramírez leads the women's classification by 2′18″ over defending champion Ramona Gabriel, with Núria Picas trailing far behind at almost an hour back. As in previous years, the fight for overall victory will come down to a duel between the leaders of Viorcam KH7-FEM and Garmin Ixcor.