In wet conditions, it was Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) enjoying his third win from four stages at the Crocodile Trophy. Canadian Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) was second again as the elite men's field was trimmed to five with the abandon of Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Team).
At the half-way mark of the race, Bouchard leads L'Esperance by 1:32 minutes with Okamoto a distant third at over an hour and a half on GC. Haley Smith continues as the sole elite women in the race and is fifth in the overall standings.
"Doing it full-gas all the time would be tough. I just want to keep it safe, that helped a little bit to stay fresh and of course the mileage in my legs and the training over the years," a cautious Bouchard said ahead of the longest stage in the race, 125 km from Skybutry to Skybury.
|1||Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH SR Suntour KMC||4:51:08|| |
|2||Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Forward Racing-Norco||0:00:02|| |
|3||Hiroyuki Okamoto (Aus) Inpulse||0:15:50|| |
|4||Ben May (Aus) Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition||0:21:23|| |
|5||Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru-Marathonmtb.com||1:24:20|| |
|DNF||Anton Sintsov (Rus) JBG-2 Team|| || |
|1||Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team||5:30:51|| |
Elite men general classification after stage 4
|1||Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH SR Suntour KMC||24:29:51|| |
|2||Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Forward Racing-Norco||0:01:32|| |
|3||Hiroyuki Okamoto (Aus) Inpulse||1:36:52|| |
|4||Ben May (Aus) Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition||1:53:03|| |
|5||Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru-Marathonmtb.com||3:19:13|| |
Elite women general classification after stage 4
|1||Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team||27:02:57|| |