Ewan outside the top 10 after another chaotic bunch sprint finish at the OVO Tour of BritainWed 6 Sep 2017
Two-time stage winner Caleb Ewan finished in 15th place on today’s fourth stage at the OVO Tour of Britain which concluded once again with a bunch sprint.
Racing in the green jersey as the overall race leader, Ewan found himself in perfect position coming into the final 600metres on the wheel of teammate Roger Kluge, however, as the sprint opened up behind, Ewan was swamped with no clear pathway to contest another stage win.
The ORICA-SCOTT rider had to settle for a minor placing as Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) claimed the stage win in what was another close sprint.
After today's 165kilometre stage, Ewan drops out of the overall race lead due to Elia Viviani (Team Sky) taking six bonus seconds on the line to move ahead of the young Australian but now on the same time.
“Roger did a really good job of getting my right to the front in the final once the breakaway came back,” said Ewan after the finish. “We were there a bit early but in a good position.”
“As the sprint started the bunch drifted over to the right and I got squeezed and had to break.
“After that it was all over and I wasn’t in position to sprint unfortunately. I felt good all day and we still have three more road stages and opportunities to come.”
How it happened:
The riders arrived ready for the fourth stage of the British tour with a welcomed short 165kilometre stage and the absence of any rain.
The predominately flat day featured just one, third category climb and was predicted to be another bunch sprint.
After a fast, aggressive start, five riders broke away from the bunch and led the race with a three minute advantage for most of the day.
ORICA-SCOTT, the race leading team, worked alongside others to control the gap to the leaders, never giving them too much freedom.
As the race entered the final 10kilometres numerous teams began to chase hard, seeing the danger as the breakaway riders continued to fight and held on to a one minute advantage.
Finally the catch was made with just three kilometres remaining, and after a strong effort from Kluge to bring Ewan to the front of the bunch the chaotic sprint unfolded.
Tomorrow’s stage five sees the riders race against the clock in a 16kilometre individual time trial in Clacton-on-sea.
OVO Tour of Britain stage 4 results:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) 3:45
2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) ST
3. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) ST
15. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage 4:
1. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 17:38
2. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
3. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) +0:06
Photos courtesy of TDWsport