Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 4) Norwood - Murray Bridge

AU Australia, Friday 24 January 2020
152.8 km

Tour Down Under: Bennett comes close to another win

Tour Down Under: Bennett comes close to another win

At 158.2 kilometers, stage 4 was the longest of this year’s Tour Down Under and saw the peloton set out from Norwood and traverse a lumpy route that despite the short hills lent itself to the sprinters. What should have been a quiet start turned into a real nervous one, as several GC teams had an interest in the two intermediate sprints, and as a result, kept things together in the first 40 kilometers.

Five riders were eventually allowed to put three minutes between them and the peloton, but they were reabsorbed with 25 kilometers remaining, when an echelon alert threatened to split the field. On the long, straight and exposed roads to Murray Bridge, a stage finish for the first time in 19 years, the fight for positioning became intense, but in the end no cracks could be made in the bunch, who travelled at over 60km/h in the closing kilometers.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step assembled again at the front of the peloton and pushed a huge tempo as they negotiated a narrow section that came with less than two kilometers to go. Going into the final corner, Michael Mørkøv was the first to come through, and the Danish Champion launched Sam Bennett. The Irishman opened his sprint 175 meters from the line and looked poised to take another win at the Tour Down Under, but he was passed by Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) in the final meters and ended the stage in second place.

“We took control at the front and were really committed, but unfortunately the final was different from what was in the roadbook and I ran out of gas once I got over that crest. But we can look on the bright side of things, which is that we were again present when it mattered and our train worked even better that on the first day. This gives us a lot of confidence”, an upbeat Sam Bennett said in Murray Bridge.

A new opportunity for the fast men will come in Victor Harbor, although Friday’s stage 5 could easily go either way, as a climb inside the last 20 kilometers will more than sure gives some ideas to the riders determined on avoiding a bunch gallop.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
3:29:08
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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5 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
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6 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
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8 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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60 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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127 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29
1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
13:39:32
2 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:03
3 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:08
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:11
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:14
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:15
7 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
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8 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
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9 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
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10 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:23
12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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14 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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69 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:09
70 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:20
88 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:34
92 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:37
131 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:32
1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
49 pt
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
39 pt
3 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
34 pt
4 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
5 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
23 pt
6 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
18 pt
8 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
17 pt
9 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
16 pt
10 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
31 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
13:40:05
2 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
0:08
4 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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5 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
0:11
6 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
1:58
7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
2:01
8 Juri Hollmann
Movistar Team
2:18
9 Max Kanter
Team Sunweb
4:27
10 Samuele Battistella
NTT Pro Cycling
5:25
12 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:01
1 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
35 pt
2 Laurens De Vreese
Astana Pro Team
17 pt
3 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
5 Samuel Jenner
UniSA-Australia
10 pt
6 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
8 pt
7 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
6 pt
8 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
5 pt
9 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
4 pt
10 Jorge Arcas Peña
Movistar Team
4 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 40:59:29
2 Team INEOS 0:10
3 Team Sunweb 0:37
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:39
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:41
6 Bahrain - McLaren 0:49
7 Movistar Team 1:00
8 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
9 Astana Pro Team 1:05
10 CCC Team 1:18

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