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Tour de Pologne 2013

Date range:
July 27 - August 3, 2013

July 31, Stage 4: Tarnów - Katowice 231.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage four of the Tour of Poland. The 231.5km stage is from Tarnów to Katowice.

  1. 15:22:45 CEST

    We join the stage inside the final 90km of racing. Fortunately for the riders, the weather has cooled with cloudy skies. 

  2. 15:24:26 CEST

    The break of the day includes nine riders and formed early, with the peloton letting the move go clear before setting a controlling tempo behind.

  3. 15:26:37 CEST

    Today's stage finishes with four 12.3km circuits of Katowice. A sprint finish is widely expected.
     

  4. 15:32:40 CEST

    The riders in the breakaway are: Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Dirk Bellemakers (Lotto Belisol) Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ.fr) Cesare Benedetti (NetApp-Endura), Fabio Duarte (Colombia), Jacek Morajko (CCC Polsat), Kamil Gradek (Poland), Pawel Franczek (Poland).

  5. 15:33:34 CEST

    There is lead reached 4:40 mid-stage but is now down to 2:50.

  6. 15:35:42 CEST

    The break is going through the feed zone and grabbing their musette bags.

  7. 15:36:45 CEST

    Behind a mix of teams are leading the chase, including Garmin-Sharp, Saxo-Tinkoff and, Belkin and BMC.

  8. 57km remaining from 231.5km

    15:38:12 CEST

    There is 57km to go now, with the roads slightly wet after a rain shower.

  9. 15:45:49 CEST

    The breakaway is about to begin the four finishing circuits. Each one is 12.3km long. Watch out for the inflatables guys!

  10. 15:48:07 CEST

    On Tuesday Thor Hushovd (BMC) got his season back on track with an impressive sprint win.

    Check out the full report and photo gallery from the stage here:

  11. 15:49:05 CEST

    This is a great shot of Hushovd winning the sprint.

    Thor Hushovd (BMC) back to winning ways in Poland

  12. 15:50:24 CEST

    Here comes the peloton. The gap is down to 1:22 now.

  13. 15:57:04 CEST

    The peloton has eased off the chase, perhaps worried about catching the break too soon.  

  14. 43km remaining from 231.5km

    15:59:17 CEST

    The eight breakaways are still working together but must know they are condemned to being caught after spending almost 200km in the breakaway.

  15. 16:07:11 CEST

    The break has upped the pace as they pass through the finish. They have 3 laps of the 12.3km circuit to go.

  16. 16:08:00 CEST

    However the gap is coming down as the peloton gradually ups the chase. The gap is 1:18.

  17. 16:10:52 CEST

    The sky look threatening but the sun is also out. Will the riders get wet in the finale? 

  18. 30km remaining from 231.5km

    16:17:21 CEST

    Mark Renshaw (Belkin) was disappointed to finished second on Tuesday behind Hushovd. His teammates will no doubt be riding for him today. 

  19. 16:18:04 CEST

    In the break the Polish riders are trying to stay away for as long as possible but the peloton has reduced the gap to a minute now.

  20. 16:21:40 CEST

    Here they come. Two laps to go!

  21. 16:22:40 CEST

    Kamil Gradek (Poland) is upping the pace trying to split the break.  

  22. 16:23:23 CEST

    Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ) has attacked over the top of the rise with one kilometre to go to the finish area.

  23. 20km remaining from 231.5km

    16:30:16 CEST

    A Polish rider has now got a gap but it looks unlikely he can stay away.

  24. 16:33:31 CEST

    Kamil Gradek (Polish) is going for it up front but the pleoton is chading hard now. They are about to sweep up the rest of the break. 

  25. 15km remaining from 231.5km

    16:37:30 CEST

    The skies are jet black and threatening but the riders will  be hoping to avoid the rain.

  26. 16:39:28 CEST

    The final kilometre ends with a rise and then its a fast dive to the finish. 

  27. 16:40:57 CEST

    Gradek is still hanging off the front but the peloton can see him. The others have all been caught. 

  28. 12km remaining from 231.5km

    16:41:31 CEST

    Last lap! This is going to be a very fast finish.

  29. 16:42:45 CEST

    Garmin-Sharp will be riding for Steele Van Hoff. BMC will looking to give Hushovd a second victory.

  30. 16:44:09 CEST

    Belkin is on the front but it is perhaps a little early to take control of the sprint lead out.

  31. 16:46:22 CEST

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) has taken a flyer and is off the front, chasing a stage victory. 

  32. 6km remaining from 231.5km

    16:46:55 CEST

    It's a long effort but he has the power and speed to ride alone in a late effort like this.

  33. 16:47:30 CEST

    Phinney's move has surprised the sprniters' teams. He has 15 seconds now!  

  34. 16:48:35 CEST

    Belkin is still chasing but the overall contenders are also up front defending their riders. That is slowing the chase.

  35. 3.5km remaining from 231.5km

    16:48:59 CEST

    Phinney still has 15 seconds. Can he do it?

  36. 16:49:22 CEST

    The climb until 1km will be decisive.

  37. 16:50:15 CEST

    Phinney is digging really deep.

  38. 16:51:01 CEST

    Phinney is still out of sight. He can do this.

  39. 16:51:32 CEST

    The gap is about 400m with Cannondale and Belkin leading the chase.

  40. 16:51:56 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge is also chasing.

  41. 1km remaining from 231.5km

    16:52:14 CEST

    Flamme rouge for Phinney.

  42. 16:52:28 CEST

    This will be very close!

  43. 16:52:39 CEST

    Phinney is driving to the line.

  44. 16:53:11 CEST

    Phinney!

  45. 16:53:47 CEST

    He gets it! The American went very deep but had the power and speed to hold off the sprinters.

  46. 16:55:09 CEST

    He was able to keep going all the way to the line on the slight downhill and then sat up just before to he line to pose for the winner's photograph.

  47. 16:55:33 CEST

    Phinney let out a roar as he crossed the line.

  48. 16:56:02 CEST

    Wow. What a finale! 

  49. 16:57:20 CEST

    Van Hoff finished second, with Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r-La Mondiale) third.

  50. 16:58:15 CEST

    The downhill finish helped Phinney hold off the sprinters. It was a classy performance and confirmed the BMC rider's talent.

  51. 16:59:22 CEST

    Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) remains as the overall race leader after the fast finish.

     

  52. 17:02:11 CEST

    What a spectacular end to a the longest stage of this year's Tour of Poland. 

    We'll have a full report, a photo gallery news very soon. 

  53. 17:04:58 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for today's live coverage. We'll be back on Thursday for more action from the Tour of Poland.