Stage win­ner: Fer­nando Gaviria (Col) Quick Step Floors

Mans­field > Ne­wark-on-trent, 164.7km

Cycling Weekly - - Feature -

STAGE 4

Af­ter three suc­ces­sive stages where the break has strug­gled to form a co­her­ent pack, stage four’s five-man con­tin­gent worked strongly to­gether and came the clos­est all week to pulling off an un­ex­pected win. The five had a lead of over two min­utes with 20km re­main­ing, and still held a 60-se­cond ad­van­tage as they passed the 10km to go sign. How­ever, the might of the sprint teams even­tu­ally brought the es­capees back into their col­lec­tive midst with 2,500m un­til the fin­ish, set­ting the fi­nale up for yet another sprint fin­ish.

Quick Step Floors were the dom­i­nant team in the sprint, first Zdenek Sty­bar and then Max­i­m­il­iano Richeze lead­ing out Fer­nando Gaviria per­fectly. The Colom­bian jumped off Richeze’s wheel and charged for the line while fend­ing off the ac­cel­er­a­tions of Elia Vi­viani, Dy­lan Groe­newe­gen and Alexander Kristoff.

Ewan found him­self out of po­si­tion and un­able to con­test the sprint, fin­ish­ing down in 15th. Race leader: Elia Vi­viani (Ita) Team Sky

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