Tour of Great Britain
Stage 4: Carlise - Blackpool - Stage Details

Recap:

Leigh Howard continued his show of strengths in the Tour of Britain sprints. Wearing the gold leader’s jersey as he crossed the line in third place on stage four, Howard was one of only 20 riders to survive a Sky Procycling induced split in the final hour of racing. 

Howard and Mark Cavendish (SKY) started the stage tied on time. Bonus seconds at the finish moved Cavendish into the lead. Howard now sits in second overall, six seconds back on the Manxman.

“I would have loved to have kept the jersey, but there are still four days of racing left,” said Howard. “It’s better in the long run not have defend when we’re dealing with illness and down one rider.”

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) - Sky Procycling 3:51:33
2 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) - Garmin - Sharp ST
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ST
5 Daniel Schorn (Aut) - Team NetApp ST
6 Russell Downing (GBr) - Endura Racing ST
7 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) - UK Youth Cycling ST
8 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) - Garmin - Sharp ST
9 Rony Martias (Fra) - Saur - Sojasun ST
10 Luke Rowe (GBr) - Sky Procycling ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
16 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
86 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:05:39
91 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:53
92 Jack Bobridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST