Ewan has to settle for second place after a late attack on the fourth stage at BinckBank Tour

Thu 16 Aug 2018

Sprinter Caleb Ewan won the bunch kick today for second place, but was denied the chance to sprint for the victory after Jasper Stuyens launched a late attack on the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour.

After yesterday's breakaway taking everybody by surprise and surviving to the finish line, the peloton stayed alert throughout the 166km stage, making sure no breakaway groups created a large advantage.

It all looked set for a bunch kick with all attacks neutralised in the closing kilometres, however Trek-Segafredo played their cards right and launched Stuyvens out of the final corner and to a solo victory with Ewan winning the sprint for second place.

Multiple breakaways

Within the opening five kilometres of the day, three riders broke away from the bunch and forced an advantage of over two minutes. The group continued to drive the pace ahead but with the attentive peltoon behind, scared to give the leaders a chance, with 100km the three riders were swallowed up.

Directly after a new breakaway group of six riders took their chances and began to ride away but they too were quickly reeled back in.

Splits and uncertainty

From this point on, with 80km to go the peloton was active with the bunch splitting into two parts and multiple attacks occuring before it settled down as one complete peloton. 

Another dangerous move consisting of four riders formed with 40km to go and quickly opened up a two minute lead. As the peloton drew closer to the finish line the sprinter's teams including Mitchelton-SCOTT helped with the chase and brought the group back.

The race looked like it was heading towards a bunch sprint however Chris Juul-Jensen jumped away with one other rider inside the final 10km. Juul-Jensen sat back not working incase things came back for teammate sprinter Ewan but with five kilometres left they were also caught.

Solo rider spoils the show

As the peloton roared towards a bunch kick, Trek-Segafredo headed to the front and launched Stuyvens. The solo rider opened up a small gap which proved to be enought to spoil the show for the sprinters as he took the stage four victory. Ewan moves into the red points jersey after third on the first stage and second on today's stage.

The general classification remains much the same but with three more days to come changes are expected.

Caleb Ewan

"The team were good today, it was a pretty stressful day with a lot of wind but nothing really happened.

"The final was pretty hectic but Mat Hayman and Roger Kuge put me in good position coming into the important left hand corner with just over one kilometre to go.

"Unfortunately I hit a hole and my chain came off so I lost a fair few positions then. Then in the sprint Roger positioned me well but we just came up short in the sprint. I’ve been feeling pretty good the last few days so we will try again tomorrow."

BinckBankTour stage 4 results:
1. Jasper Stuyvens (Trek-Segafredo) 3:44
2. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep-Floors) ST

General classification after stage 4:

1. Matej Mohric (Bahrain-Merida) 11:48
2. Sean De Bie (VWC) +0:03
3. Stefan Kung (BMC) +0:22
11. Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:42

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