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2019 Santos Tour Down Under (World Tour), Australia

Stage 4 results:
January 18, Unley - Campbelltown, 129.2 km

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Friday, January 18: Stage 4, Unley - Campbelltown, 129.2 km

Stage 4 map | Stage 4 photos

Daryl Impey

Daryl Impey takes the fourth stage. Sirotti photo

The race: Here's the organizer's stage report.

Impey wins in fine style while Bevin keeps his lead

“The Corkscrew”, that’s what they talk about from the moment the race route is unveiled. It’s a tough climb. It’s not long but it’s steep and the crest of the hill comes a little over 5km from the finish. Get up it at the front and you can win but, as is usually the case when Corkscrew Road is included in the route, the climbers make the show, the power riders win the stage.

It happened again in stage four of the 2019 race.

A quartet of four strong climbers –Richie Porte, Wout Poels, George Bennett and Michael Woods –opened up a gap on the talking point of the day, the Corkscrew, but their advantage wasn’t enough to hold on and fight for the win.

“We come here to win the race,” said Impey’s Mitchelton-Scott team manager, Matt White. “If we win a stage or not doesn’t factor into it: we want the title and with Daryl we know we’ve got someone capable of pulling it off.”

Today he got the win and elevated himself from fifth to second overall.

The climbers put on the show. The sprinters –including yesterday winner, Peter Sagan –were victims of the steep gradient. And a powerful rider like Impey overcame a host of star riders to celebrate another success in South Australia.

Away from Unley, up the climb and into the Adelaide Hills and onward to Gorge Road, that’s the format for the lead-up to the highlight of the fourth stage. The Corkscrew climb isn’t long but it’s steep–and, before the fourth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under (sponsored by 100%), it was the talk of the peloton.

There was an early escape. It came almost immediately after the neutral zone and featured ‘local’ birthday boy, 25-year-old Miles Scotson of the Groupama-FDJ team. Also in the move was Thomas De Gendt (of course) of Lotto-Soudal, Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) and UniSA’s under-23 national champion Nick White.

The sprint points in Echunga (29km) were earned by White ahead of and Sütterlin and Scotson; and, for the second passage, De Gendt, beat Pernsteiner and Cosnefroy.

Their advantage stretched to five minutes and then CCC Team put all seven riders on the front of the peloton to keep the escapees honest.

With about 60km to go in the stage, rain fell for the first time in this year’s race. The forecast had been for a shower and much of the talk before stage was about what may happen in the descent of the Corkscrew, inside the final 6km of the stage, was done on wet roads.

Although the road leading to the climb is mostly downhill, and often raced extremely fast, there were no incidents in the peloton which was 1:15 behind the break with 25km to go.

Various teams took charge of the bunch: first CCC, then EF Education first along with Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain-Merida, and Trek-Segafredo.

It was warm at the start, but nothing like the opening days of the 21st Santos Tour Down Under. With temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius in Unley, it was the humidity that made it uncomfortable more than the heat. Still, it warmed up as the stage progressed and the brief showers abated before the peloton got to Gorge Road, the surface was dry and the threat of slippery conditions not as severe as it could have been.

Scotson is from Campbelltown, the site of the stage finish and he was clearly motivated to get to Corkscrew ahead of the peloton. He was speeding towards the climb, doing longer turns than others in the break but all up front were contributing to the pacesetting.

The effort by Scotson was significant, so much so that, with 15km to go, not even De Gendt could follow. The 2017 Australian champion split the lead group with a strong turn of pace with only Pernsteiner able to match the local.

Katusha-Alpecin and Jumbo-Visma arrived at the front of the bunch shortly before the turn onto Corkscrew Road. Meanwhile, up front Scotson was insistent and Sütterlin, also a time trial specialist, eventually caught and past the rider at the front.

Groupama-FDJ sent four to the head of the peloton with 12km to go, not to chase but in an attempt to stall the bunch but Team Sky responded by putting three men at the front.

Turning into Corkscrew Road the peloton’s deficit was 1:00 and Scotson could start believing in his chances of victory... but his earlier efforts cost him and he couldn’t maintain an advantage.

All along, Bevin –in the leader’s jersey –held good position even if his team-mates left him a little isolate near the end.

The first attack from the peloton was from Remi Cavagna of Deceuninck-Quickstep and Scotson and Pernsteiner responded with one last effort only to be swallowed up by the young French rider before the top.

Again, Kenny Elissonde sparked the other climbers into action with 6.5km to go in the stage but he was towing the bunch rather than attacking it. There was method in the approach as Wout Poels was the next to surge before Michael

Woods (EF Education First) went into action with Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) on his wheel. The Tasmanian was followed by George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma).
Woods, Porte, Bennett and Poels swapped turns in the final kilometre of the climb and then came daylight... and a gap of about 15 seconds to the peloton.

The four leaders maintained a slight advantage on the technical descent, reaching speeds of around 70km/h, each swapping relatively even turns but the remnants of the bunch could see them just up the road.

With 2km to go, only nine-seconds separated the foursome from the group that included Bevin, Impey and a host of other riders with strong reputations.

Under the ‘Flamme Rouge’ there was a group of 18 and, in case there was any doubt about his form, Paddy Bevin demonstrated that there’s a reason he’s in the race lead. The NZ TT champion opened up his sprint about 300m from the line and it became a drag race with last year’s TDU champion, Daryl Impey.

The South African champion was third in stage three and, with a fantastic turn of speed in the final metres of stage four, a winner in Campbelltown.

Impey got his stage win. Bevin retains his lead of GC and the battle resumes on Saturday... but, this year, not on the roads of McLaren Vale –that comes on Sunday in 2019.

Complete Results:

Stage 4 photos

129.2 km raced at an average speed of 42.257 km/hr

1 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott 3hr 3min 27sec
2 BEVIN Patrick CCC Team s.t.
3 SÁNCHEZ Luis León Astana s.t.
4 GUERREIRO Ruben Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
5 FERNÁNDEZ Rubén Movistar s.t.
6 BENNETT George Jumbo-Visma s.t.
7 ULISSI Diego UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
8 WOODS Michael EF Education First s.t.
9 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb s.t.
10 VAN BAARLE Dylan Sky s.t.
11 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
12 GIBBONS Ryan Dimension Data s.t.
13 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
14 POELS Wout Sky s.t.
15 POZZOVIVO Domenico Bahrain-Merida s.t.
16 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
17 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
18 PORTE Richie Trek-Segafredo s.t.
19 POLANC Jan UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
20 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
21 MAS Lluís Movistar @ 21sec
22 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
23 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Groupama-FDJ s.t.
24 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Dimension Data s.t.
25 MÜHLBERGER Gregor Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
26 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain-Merida s.t.
27 O'CONNOR Ben Dimension Data s.t.
28 STRAKHOV Dmitry Katusha-Alpecin 0:32
29 SAGAN Peter Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
30 SUNDERLAND Dylan UniSA-Australia s.t.
31 PRADES Eduard Movistar s.t.
32 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
33 HARPER Chris UniSA-Australia s.t.
34 VALGREN Michael Dimension Data s.t.
35 MORABITO Steve Groupama-FDJ s.t.
36 HAGEN Carl Fredrik Lotto-Soudal s.t.
37 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
38 CARRETERO Héctor Movistar 0:34
39 LATOUR Pierre Ag2r La Mondiale 0:49
40 GESINK Robert Jumbo-Visma s.t.
41 HOFSTEDE Lennard Jumbo-Visma s.t.
42 OSS Daniel Bora-hansgrohe @ 1min 2sec
43 BETTIOL Alberto EF Education First s.t.
44 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav Katusha-Alpecin 1:05
45 SCOTSON Miles Groupama-FDJ 1:15
46 MCCARTHY Jay Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
47 CHEVRIER Clément Ag2r La Mondiale 1:25
48 KNOX James Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
49 HANSEN Adam Lotto-Soudal s.t.
50 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
51 PANTANO Jarlinson Trek-Segafredo s.t.
52 MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz Lotto-Soudal s.t.
53 BAK Lars Ytting Dimension Data 1:48
54 DE LA PARTE Víctor CCC Team 2:05
55 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Movistar 2:21
56 VALLS Rafael Movistar s.t.
57 BALLERINI Davide Astana 2:53
58 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Groupama-FDJ s.t.
59 FRANKINY Kilian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
60 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb s.t.
61 DUPONT Hubert Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
62 ARASHIRO Yukiya Bahrain-Merida s.t.
63 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain-Merida s.t.
64 WHITE Nicholas UniSA-Australia s.t.
65 WHELAN James EF Education First s.t.
66 HOELGAARD Daniel Groupama-FDJ 3:10
67 DE GENDT Thomas Lotto-Soudal s.t.
68 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo s.t.
69 VINCENT Léo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
70 ELISSONDE Kenny Sky s.t.
71 LEEZER Tom Jumbo-Visma 3:23
72 MULLEN Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
73 BOARO Manuele Astana s.t.
74 DLAMINI Nic Dimension Data s.t.
75 HAYMAN Mathew Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
76 OWSIAN Łukasz CCC Team 4:04
77 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
78 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First s.t.
79 ROSSKOPF Joey CCC Team s.t.
80 WYNANTS Maarten Jumbo-Visma s.t.
81 HEPBURN Michael Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
82 EDMONDSON Alex Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
83 OLIVEIRA Ivo UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
84 EWAN Caleb Lotto-Soudal s.t.
85 KNEES Christian Sky s.t.
86 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
87 GIDICH Yevgeniy Astana 4:34
88 ZAKHAROV Artyom Astana s.t.
89 DOWSETT Alex Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
90 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
91 POTTER Michael UniSA-Australia s.t.
92 SUTHERLAND Rory UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
93 TOOVEY Ayden UniSA-Australia s.t.
94 CASTRILLO Jaime Movistar s.t.
95 DAVIES Scott Dimension Data s.t.
96 BLYTHE Adam Lotto-Soudal 5:36
97 DOULL Owain Sky s.t.
98 BODNAR Maciej Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
99 CLARKE Will Trek-Segafredo s.t.
100 BAGDONAS Gediminas Ag2r La Mondiale 5:40
101 LEA Jason UniSA-Australia s.t.
102 DURBRIDGE Luke Mitchelton-Scott 6:07
103 DOCKER Mitchell EF Education First s.t.
104 SCULLY Tom EF Education First s.t.
105 HALLER Marco Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
106 VENTOSO Francisco José CCC Team s.t.
107 VAN DER PLOEG Neil UniSA-Australia 6:41
108 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb s.t.
109 ROWE Luke Sky 6:55
110 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain-Merida s.t.
111 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Sky s.t.
112 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
113 HAAS Nathan Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
114 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain-Merida s.t.
115 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 6:59
116 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Jumbo-Visma s.t.
117 VAN POPPEL Danny Jumbo-Visma s.t.
118 COSNEFROY Benoît Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
119 HONORÉ Mikkel Frølich Deceuninck-Quick Step 7:38
120 SABATINI Fabio Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
121 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
122 VIVIANI Elia Deceuninck-Quick Step 7:39
123 GATTO Oscar Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
124 MARECZKO Jakub CCC Team s.t.
125 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale 8:18
126 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
127 PETERS Nans Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
128 MCLAY Daniel EF Education First s.t.
129 PÖSTLBERGER Lukas Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
130 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana 8:47
131 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team s.t.
132 KLUGE Roger Lotto-Soudal 8:49

GC after Stage 4:

526.5 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.316 km/hr

1 BEVIN Patrick CCC Team 13hr 23min 30sec
2 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott @ 7sec
3 SÁNCHEZ Luis León Astana 0:11
4 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 0:21
5 GIBBONS Ryan Dimension Data s.t.
6 POLANC Jan UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
7 BENNETT George Jumbo-Visma s.t.
8 GUERREIRO Ruben Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
9 ULISSI Diego UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
10 WOODS Michael EF Education First s.t.
11 POELS Wout Sky s.t.
12 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
13 VAN BAARLE Dylan Sky s.t.
14 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
15 POZZOVIVO Domenico Bahrain-Merida s.t.
16 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
17 PORTE Richie Trek-Segafredo s.t.
18 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
19 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 0:28
20 SAGAN Peter Bora-hansgrohe 0:39
21 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Groupama-FDJ 0:42
22 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
23 O'CONNOR Ben Dimension Data s.t.
24 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Dimension Data s.t.
25 MÜHLBERGER Gregor Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
26 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain-Merida 0:47
27 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:48
28 MAS Lluís Movistar 0:49
29 PRADES Eduard Movistar 0:53
30 STRAKHOV Dmitry Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
31 VALGREN Michael Dimension Data s.t.
32 HARPER Chris UniSA-Australia s.t.
33 MORABITO Steve Groupama-FDJ s.t.
34 HAGEN Carl Fredrik Lotto-Soudal s.t.
35 SUNDERLAND Dylan UniSA-Australia @ 1min 0sec
36 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
37 LATOUR Pierre Ag2r La Mondiale 1:10
38 GESINK Robert Jumbo-Visma 1:17
39 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav Katusha-Alpecin 1:26
40 MCCARTHY Jay Bora-hansgrohe 1:36
41 KNOX James Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:46
42 HOFSTEDE Lennard Jumbo-Visma 2:00
43 BAK Lars Ytting Dimension Data 2:16
44 CARRETERO Héctor Movistar 2:22
45 SCOTSON Miles Groupama-FDJ 2:30
46 VALLS Rafael Movistar 2:49
47 ARASHIRO Yukiya Bahrain-Merida 3:21
48 WHELAN James EF Education First 3:40
49 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain-Merida 3:55
50 OSS Daniel Bora-hansgrohe 4:05
51 ELISSONDE Kenny Sky 4:27
52 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates 5:01
53 TOOVEY Ayden UniSA-Australia 5:36
54 ROSSKOPF Joey CCC Team 5:50
55 DAVIES Scott Dimension Data 5:51
56 PANTANO Jarlinson Trek-Segafredo 5:53
57 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Movistar 5:55
58 HALLER Marco Katusha-Alpecin 6:28
59 DUPONT Hubert Ag2r La Mondiale 6:29
60 MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz Lotto-Soudal 6:33
61 DE GENDT Thomas Lotto-Soudal 6:43
62 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo 7:07
63 VAN POPPEL Danny Jumbo-Visma 7:20
64 HAAS Nathan Katusha-Alpecin 7:23
65 GIDICH Yevgeniy Astana 8:10
66 MULLEN Ryan Trek-Segafredo 8:23
67 EDMONDSON Alex Mitchelton-Scott 8:32
68 HEPBURN Michael Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
69 WHITE Nicholas UniSA-Australia 8:34
70 HAYMAN Mathew Mitchelton-Scott 9:07
71 LEEZER Tom Jumbo-Visma 9:20
72 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First 10:02
73 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain-Merida 10:31
74 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates 11:31
75 FERNÁNDEZ Rubén Movistar 11:47
76 DURBRIDGE Luke Mitchelton-Scott 11:51
77 BETTIOL Alberto EF Education First 12:09
78 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana 12:23
79 SCULLY Tom EF Education First 12:27
80 KNEES Christian Sky 12:40
81 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Jumbo-Visma 12:43
82 DOCKER Mitchell EF Education First 12:52
83 FRANKINY Kilian Groupama-FDJ 13:20
84 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb s.t.
85 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Groupama-FDJ s.t.
86 SABATINI Fabio Deceuninck-Quick Step 13:22
87 DE LA PARTE Víctor CCC Team 13:52
88 BODNAR Maciej Bora-hansgrohe 13:56
89 LEA Jason UniSA-Australia 14:11
90 CHEVRIER Clément Ag2r La Mondiale 14:16
91 HANSEN Adam Lotto-Soudal s.t.
92 SUTHERLAND Rory UAE-Team Emirates 15:01
93 BALLERINI Davide Astana 15:44
94 VINCENT Léo Groupama-FDJ 16:00
95 HOELGAARD Daniel Groupama-FDJ 16:01
96 DOULL Owain Sky 16:03
97 DLAMINI Nic Dimension Data 16:14
98 CASTRILLO Jaime Movistar 16:18
99 POTTER Michael UniSA-Australia 16:34
100 EWAN Caleb Lotto-Soudal 16:49
101 DE VREESE Laurens Astana 16:55
102 OWSIAN Łukasz CCC Team s.t.
103 OLIVEIRA Ivo UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
104 ZAKHAROV Artyom Astana 17:19
105 ROWE Luke Sky 17:22
106 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo 17:25
107 COSNEFROY Benoît Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
108 DOWSETT Alex Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
109 WYNANTS Maarten Jumbo-Visma 18:11
110 CLARKE Will Trek-Segafredo 18:27
111 PETERS Nans Ag2r La Mondiale 18:45
112 BLYTHE Adam Lotto-Soudal 18:57
113 VENTOSO Francisco José CCC Team 18:58
114 BOARO Manuele Astana 19:02
115 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Sky 19:44
116 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Katusha-Alpecin 19:46
117 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain-Merida 20:10
118 VIVIANI Elia Deceuninck-Quick Step 20:14
119 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 20:22
120 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb 20:24
121 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck-Quick Step 20:29
122 VAN DER PLOEG Neil UniSA-Australia 20:30
123 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale 21:07
124 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo 21:09
125 GATTO Oscar Bora-hansgrohe 21:13
126 MARECZKO Jakub CCC Team 21:24
127 HONORÉ Mikkel Frølich Deceuninck-Quick Step 21:27
128 KLUGE Roger Lotto-Soudal 21:40
129 PÖSTLBERGER Lukas Bora-hansgrohe 22:05
130 MCLAY Daniel EF Education First 22:07
131 BAGDONAS Gediminas Ag2r La Mondiale 22:24
132 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team 29:42

Stage 4 map & profile:

Tour down Under Stage 4 map

 

Stage 4 photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Christian Knees

Team Sky's Christian Knees waits for the stage to start.

Breakaway

The break that went almost at the gun: Jasha Sutterlin, Hermann Pernsteiner, Miles Scotson.

Serious break

This was a break that mattered: Michael Woods, Richie Porte, George Bennett and Wouter Poels. They were caught.

Peloton

Without the crushing heat of the earlier stages, it was a nice day for a bicycle race.

CCC Team

CCC Team did the hard work of protecting race leader Patrick Bevin

William Clarke

William Clarke leads the pack around a corner.

Daryl Impey

Daryl Impey takes stage four.

PEter Sagan

Peter Sagan (in blue points jersey with "Bora") finished 29th today.

Daryl Impey

Daryl Impey enjoys his stage win.

Patrick Bevin

Patrick Bevin will start stage five in the leader's ochre jersey.