Today's fourth stage was tough for many teams to establish a breakaway that would stick for more than a few kilometres. The Navigators' plan, like most teams, was to "Get in the break. If you aren't in the break, chase the break, then get in the next break."
After Ben Brooks had a couple of tries, it was the turn of Glen Chadwick to get involved up front, and after whittling down the lead group from 13 to 6, he was finally left with Discovery's Vladimir Gusev with 50 km to go. "Me and the Discovery guy went up that hill and tried to get as big a gap as we could and tried to hold them off, but at the very last downhill they caught us at the top," said Chadwick, who was caught with five kilometres to go. "That's the way cycling works, that's what the teams are supposed to do, just catch the break before the finish. We just went turn for turn, and I seemed to be going a bit stronger than Gusev on the climbs, but we both did a pretty even job. He's a strong guy, too. At the end of the day I feel a little bit knackered. Sore neck, sore legs. But it doesn't matter, tomorrow's another day."