Close again for Gerrans with fourth on stage four of the Tour of NorwaySat 20 May 2017
Consistency is the name of the game at the Tour of Norway and Simon Gerrans showed his form yet again on stage four today, coming close in the fast finale to take fourth place and hold on to third overall ahead of tomorrow’s final stage.
ORICA-SCOTT have started to bloom late in this race and played a significant role in bringing the stage back together for the sprint in the closing kilometres after another long day spent behind the day’s breakaway.
It was Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) who took the stage win after dominating the sprint with Gerrans in fourth on the day and third on the general classification going into the last day of racing.
Pieter Weening (Rompoot-Nederlandse-Loterij) retains the race lead with Edvald Boassen-Hagen (Dimension-Data) three seconds behind in second and Gerrans also at three seconds. Rob Power started the stage in the best young riders white jersey and is maturing with every performance.
“The team rode fantastically going into the final today,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “We really nailed it and made only one small mistake which was dropping Simon off a little bit too early and that allowed Groenewgen to get the jump and come past for the victory.”
“We rode well, but we are disappointed. Simon had great legs and we came very close to getting the win and moving to within one or two seconds on the general classification, but we are still within reach.
“It is going to be hard now, the top three is really tight and even though tomorrow’s stage suits us it will still be tough. The route is the Oslo World Championships course from 1993 and lends itself well to aggressive racing and we intend to go all out tomorrow and go for the win and the overall.”
How it happened:
Five riders went clear early on today’s stage four and quickly developed a ten minute advantage over the peloton, returning to the form of the first two stages and likely to stay this way until the start of the three finishing circuits.
No chase of significance materialised until after the stages halfway point, with the gap standing at a whopping eleven and a half minutes Rompoot decided it was time to start bringing things back together.
The chase continued to intensify and with the sprinters teams getting involved over the closing circuits the gap had fallen to two minutes with 25kilometres to go and the catch looking assured.
Four riders were left out front going into the final lap as the peloton steamed behind them, dropping off one by one in the final kilometres the catch was almost made when Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) launched a late attack.
Gallopin was caught by ORICA-SCOTT lined out on the front of the bunch with all six riders and only two kilometres remaining as the fight for positioning for the sprint started.
In the end it was Groenewegen who took the stage victory with Gerrans again coming close and taking fourth place after good work from the Australian outfit.
Tour of Norway stage four results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) 04:26:43
2. Edvald Boassen-Hagen (Dimension-Data) ST
3. August Jensen (Team-Coop) ST
4. Simon Gerrans (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:01
General classification after stage four:
1. Pieter Weening (Rompoot-Nederlandse-Loterij) 18:07:43
2. Edvald Boassen-Hagen (Dimension-Data) 00:00:03
3. Simon Gerrans (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:03
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