Another sprint stage sees Meyer remain in contention overall at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Wed 5 Sep 2018

Stage two winner Cameron Meyer maintained second place overall after today's fourth stage at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain which concluded with a bunch sprint finish into Royal Leamington Spa.

Sprinter Caleb Ewan found himself out of position as the sprint opened up and had to settle for a minor placing, with Patrick Bevin (BMC) extending his lead over Meyer on the general classification by taking a four second bonus for third place on the stage.

Immediate break

Unlike yesterday's stage where it took over 70km for the day's breakaway to form, as soon as the flag dropped in the opening kilometres, a group of six riders were easily able to break free.

The peloton were happy to let them go with the current race leading team, BMC, doing most of the controlling, keeping the leaders constantly around two minutes ahead.

Sprint teams take control

Mitchelton-SCOTT contributed to the chase sending Rob Power to the front of the bunch to help share the workload alongside other sprinters teams Lotto-Soudal and Quickstep-Floors. 

Over the final climb of the day at Burton Dassett with 35km to go, Mitchelton-SCOTT stayed all together around Ewan, helping the young Australian to stay in contention for the stage, pacing him back to the bunch after he was slightly distance over the climb.

Back for a sprint

With 10km to go the breakaway group reduced down to four riders and hovered just 30seconds ahead of the peloton as the peloton continued to chase hard. Finally with three kilometres to go, all of the remaining escapees were caught by the fast passing lead-out trains.

On the technical finish with roundabouts and corners, Ewan was in a good position as he passed the one kilometre to go mark thanks to the help of teammate Roger Kluge but the young Australian lost his positioning as the sprint started.

Cameron Meyer

"Today’s stage was pretty straight forward, the breakaway established itself pretty early and then the sprint teams took control to keep the gap close. We contributed with Rob Power riding the front with the other sprint team for most of the day.

"Unfortunately Caleb was not feeling very well during the stage today but still gave it a go at the finish. Roger was able to help him into the last kilometres but it didn’t work out for us in the end.

"I still am second in the overall but we will assess as to where I am sitting after tomorrow’s team time trial. Unfortunately we lost Lucas Hamilton due to sickness so being down one rider will be hard for us. We will give it a go and see what the situation is heading into the hill top finish on stage six."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage 4 results:

1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 4:22
2. Sacha modolo (Ef-Drapac) St
3. Patrick Bevin (BMC) St
30. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 4:

1. Patrick Bevin (BMC) 15:25
2. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:04
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) +0:06

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