Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's best finisher in Stage 4 was Jackson Stewart, who finished eighth in the bunch sprint. Stewart came to the finish with three of his teammates, but was unsure of how his legs would hold up after 210 km of racing, and hesitated to put them at his disposal.
"I was really aggressive early on and I paid for it," he said. "I was in a few early breaks and it took a lot out of me, and there were times that I though I might not make it to the finish. So when we got towards the end, I didn't want to make the guys work for me but I wanted to see what I could do."
After coming out of the last corner, Stewart passed four riders in the final 200m and was eighth across the line, earning his best ever finish in an international race of this calibre. "I've been 12th a couple times at the Tour de Georgia, but to get in the top 10 here, especially in a stage this long, is something I'm really proud of," he added.