Euskaltel made a mess of today's 32,2km team time trial around Verona, the race's fourth stage. It was only partially their own fault though.
The race started off in the worst possible fashion when Miguel Mínguez punctured just a kilometre or two in. The team was forced to reshuffle, and things got even worse when Amets Txurruka hit the deck after approximately 10 kilometres. Fortunately he's fine and will be ready to start tomorrow though, "only" suffering bruises to his right thigh.
Approaching the line, Adrián Sáez and Pierre Cazaux had both been forced to let go, and the team posted the slowest time (by far). Euskaltel ceded 2:22, a full 37 seconds more than Ag2r in 21st place. More importantly though, Nieve lost time to all of his rivals for the GC.