The South African Daryl Impey (Mitchelton – Scott) last Friday, the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under (Aus/WorldTour) to his name, the one of the toughest stage on the final standings in this round is decided. He was after the climb of Corkscrew Road in the final sprint of twenty leaders faster than the New Zealander Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), that the lead remains.
The fourth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under was the setting of the first long flight of Thomas De Gendt of this year: the ontsnappingskoning of Lotto Soudal received the company of the Frenchman Benoit Cosnefroy, the Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner, the German Jasha Sütterlin and thuisrijders Miles Scotson and Nicholas White. With 26 degrees and even a regenbuitje were the weather conditions a lot more bearable than the heated days before.
After about 50 of the 129 to km was the lead over five minutes, and were the troops of Bevin in the peloton relieved by that of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Impey, the tempo increased. The front left De Gendt had a look at the rest of the breakaway behind in the run-up in the direction of Corkscrew Road, the decisive slope of the first category in which the after 2.3 km of climbing will only decline towards the finish in Campbelltown.
On the climb were the last escapees Pernsteiner and Scotson by the work of Team Sky, the Dutchman Wout Poels launched. The Dutchman was the first of the big names who went on the attack. The New Zealander George Bennett, the Australian Richie Porte and the Canadian Michael Woods sheaves. The South African of Mitchelton-Scott came in the second group about the dreaded slope, but at 1,800 meters of the end were Porte, Bennett, Woods, and Poels in mind for the effort. In a blistering descent could even sixteen riders come to connect, thanks to the work of Lucas Hamilton, a team mate of Impey.
Devenyns is already the best Belgian
The South African thanked with the victory. He took it on the finish line raft for Bevin and Sanchez, who is the sprint early, had deployed but Impey not out of the lead could store.
Peter Sagan made – as he himself only the day before after the win had already been announced – not part of the elite group. In the by the withdrawing overall winner of the Santos Tour Down Under won the sprint, was also Dries Devenyns. The pro from Kwaremont was eleventh in the sprint and time being, there is twelfth in the state. “The four that are on the slope itself in the attack went, were the strongest riders of the day. I hope Sunday, the top ten within to sneak in.”
De Gendt put companions at their place
In the flight of the day was Thomas De Gendt. “People like Miles Scotson started a little too early to attack, otherwise you win someone from the escapees this stage,” said the Semmerzakenaar of Lotto-Soudal, to the podium as the most combative rider of the day.
Bevin remains (surprisingly) leader
With still two stages to go, is Bevin again slightly firmer leader of the general classification. He now has seven seconds ahead of closest pursuer Impey, the winner of last year. Sanchez is third, at eleven seconds, Devenyns twelfth on the 21. The ride Saturday is a new opportunity for the sprinters, Sunday wait for the final koninginnenetappe with finish on top of Willunga Hill.
1. Daryl Impey
2. Patrick Bevin z.t.
3. Luis Leon Sanchez
4. Ruben Guerriro
5. Ruben Fernandez
1. Patrick Bevin
2. Daryl Impey +7
3. Luis Leon Sanchez +11
4. Christopher Hamilton +21
5. Ryon Gibbons +21
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