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Santos Tour Down Under 2014

Date range:
January 19-26 2014

January 24, Stage 4: Unley - Victor Harbor 148.5km

Complete live report

Live commentary by:
Zeb Woodpower

 Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews live coverage of the Tour Down Under's Stage 4

  1. 08:43:06 CST

     Over in Argentina Nairo Quintana picked up his first win of 2014 at the Tour de San Luis, read the race report here

  2. 08:44:16 CST

    Its an overcast day here in Adelaide with rain overnight leaving the roads a little wet and greasy

     

  3. 08:47:30 CST

    Yesterday Cadel Evans took it to Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans and ended the day with his second Tour Down Under stage win at the race and first day in the ochre jersey in 2014.

     

  4. 08:48:32 CST

    Robert Gesink (Belkin) is aiming for the Tour of California this year but has performed well so far down under. Read about his ambitions this week by clicking here

     

  5. 08:49:54 CST

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  6. 09:21:10 CST

    At San Luis, Garmin held on the overall lead for another day with Phil Gaimon just four seconds ahead of Quintana. You can watch Nate Brown talk about his teammate's race so far by clicking here

     

  7. 09:25:06 CST

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  8. 09:38:16 CST

    The last time the Tour Down Under visited Victor Harbour it was Andre Greipel who took out the win. Greipel also moved in the overall race lead with bonus seconds in the finishing line

     

  9. 09:43:03 CST

    With racing set to get under way in around 20 minutes have a look through our gallery of Jonathan Cantwell's (Drapac) Swift bike. You can read the specifications of his race bike and see images by clicking here

     

  10. 09:47:53 CST

    Its time for the daily weather update. Today is the coolest stage of the Tour (about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday) with the temperature hovering at 20-23 degrees as cloud gives way to sunshine for the run through the southern hills and beaches to Victor Harbor. It should also be the stage with the most head wind, strengthening to southwesterly 25-35km/h with stronger gusts.

     

  11. 09:51:07 CST

    There is just the one climb today which is located on Reservoir Road near Myponga Dam KOM - about 1.8km in length, from 228 metres altitude to 282 metres altitude (average gradient about 5% with the first 600 metres averaging about 10% with a maximum gradient near 20%).

     

  12. 09:53:59 CST

    its under 10 minutes until racing starts today. The neutral zone today is 6km as when the riders turn onto the South East Freeway near Old Toll Gate expect the early attempts of forming a break

     

  13. 09:58:03 CST

    Almost set for the start now, just minutes away

     

  14. 10:00:27 CST

    This morning saw over 6,000 cyclists head out on the Bupa Challenge Tour from Unley to tackle the roads of today's race

     

  15. 10:02:29 CST

    The Stage begins in Unley which is just south of the CBD and then will snake its way down to Victor Harbour for a total distance of 148.5km

     

  16. 10:03:50 CST

     Today's race gets under a little later then previous stages this year with riders set to start at 11:30am

  17. 10:13:17 CST

    Watch out for Drapac in the breaks again today as they will be wearing their new Kask aero helmets

     

  18. 10:26:43 CST

    Just about 5 minutes till the riders head out. Some last minute joey passing going around first though with plenty of photos being snapped pre-race

     

  19. 10:29:21 CST

    The riders have made their way to the startline gantry ready for the race with still several clouds around

     

  20. 148km remaining from 148.5km

    10:33:11 CST

    • Start

    They are off and and Stage 4 is under way

     

  21. 10:36:36 CST

    There are once again two intermediate sprint points on offer with the first three riders across awarded points and bonus seconds. We saw Simon Gerrans sprint for a one second bonus on Stage 1, if there is a small break will he try again?

     

  22. 10:37:42 CST

    The first of the sprint points is Adelaide Rd at Echunga after 35.5km and the second is almost 100km later in Inman Valley Rd, Yankalilla at 116km exactly

     

  23. 10:38:36 CST

    The feedzone comes after 79km of racing and is followed by the one climb of the day with KOM points at Reservoir Rd, Myponga at 95.7km

     

  24. 10:39:45 CST

    For those out there with keen eyes, Cadel Evans is wearing black knicks today which is a common move by BMC who tend to let their riders when leading GC to change from the usual black and red 

     

  25. 10:42:13 CST

    Simon Gerrans missed out on his normal morning coffee in the press room which is a bit of a good luck charm. Did Greipel get his coffee's this morning? The German national champion will have targeted today, particularly after missing out twice already

     

  26. 10:42:46 CST

    Watch for Drapac to launch two riders into the break today

     

  27. 10:46:01 CST

    Just about to leave the neutral zone so watch for attacks here to form the break

     

  28. 147km remaining from 148.5km

    10:49:51 CST

    The break is trying to form and its Calvin Watson (Trek) Evan Huffman (Astana) and Bjorn Thurau (Europcar) who have gone first

     

  29. 10:50:44 CST

    Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) is now alone with a group of 10 trying to get clear

     

  30. 146km remaining from 148.5km

    10:51:38 CST

    Frank Schleck (Trek) is going back to team car

     

  31. 10:54:25 CST

    Having hosted the finish of Stage 2 Stirling will see the peloton pass through again on the way to Victor Harbour

     

  32. 10:56:06 CST

    BMC are in the front here as its Evan Huffman (Astana), Bjorn Thurau (Europcar), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) and Jack Bobridge (Belkin)

     

  33. 10:58:27 CST

    With today a day out for the sprinters, there a few riders in skinsuits 

     

  34. 144km remaining from 148.5km

    11:00:13 CST

    The pace is in and the break has been caught with BMC and Sky controlling the pace which is rather high

     

  35. 143km remaining from 148.5km

    11:01:28 CST

    Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is trying his luck here

     

  36. 11:02:35 CST

    With the high pace the peloton has been broken up into small groups as a break is determined to form and the the riders are deciding who they want to let go

     

  37. 142km remaining from 148.5km

    11:03:50 CST

    Europcar look like they really want to get a rider away with Perrig Quemeneur almost with joined Carlos VeronaOPQ at the front while Damien Gaudin (Ag2r) is trying to join them

     

  38. 11:04:44 CST

    • Break

    This little group now has a ten second lead

     

  39. 11:07:10 CST

    The peloton is going through Stirling now with the two leaders just 20 second ahead while a group of about 20 off the back trying to catch the main group

     

  40. 137km remaining from 148.5km

    11:08:10 CST

    Verona and Gaudin have 15 seconds while GreenEdge jump on the front to reel them in

     

  41. 135km remaining from 148.5km

    11:09:26 CST

    The break is holding a 15 second lead

  42. 11:10:59 CST

    The chase behind the peloton is at 25 seconds while Verona and Gaudin have 7 seconds over the peloton

     

  43. 11:11:53 CST

    The grupetto is trying to get back on or otherwise it will be a long day in the saddle

     

  44. 135km remaining from 148.5km

    11:12:40 CST

    With it all back together here, perhaps we'll see the gc men sprint for the bonus seconds

     

  45. 11:13:32 CST

    We're yet to see Drapac or UniSA get a rider clear but perhaps after the intermediate sprint we'll see the break get clear

  46. 11:14:02 CST

    The 15 riders off the back are 15 seconds in arrears to the peloton now

     

  47. 11:15:58 CST

    Its Turbo Durbo leading the peloton. is he setting it up for Gerrans to grab some bonus seconds

     

  48. 129km remaining from 148.5km

    11:17:10 CST

    The grupetto has been welcomed back by the peloton and Graeme Brown (Belkin) has dropped back to the team car

     

  49. 127km remaining from 148.5km

    11:18:25 CST

    Just around 5km to the first sprint point of today

     

  50. 11:19:41 CST

    3km to go for the sprint with GreenEdge driving the pace

     

  51. 11:20:32 CST

    Most of the riders who participated in the Bupa Challenge have reached the finishline

     

  52. 125km remaining from 148.5km

    11:21:47 CST

    GreenEdge on the front with Echunga almost in sight

     

  53. 11:22:50 CST

    Expect Gerrans to sprint for 5 bonus seconds

     

  54. 123km remaining from 148.5km

    11:26:13 CST

    Jan Bakelants has attacked

     

  55. 11:29:25 CST

    Attacking at the sprint point was Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Qyick Step), Jack Bobridge (Belkin) and Bradley Linfield (UniSA) who have around 40 seconds

     

  56. 120km remaining from 148.5km

    11:30:05 CST

    No one wants this group to go with BMC controlling the chase

     

  57. 118km remaining from 148.5km

    11:31:20 CST

    Its all back together now as BMC are watching who is trying to get away

     

  58. 11:31:54 CST

    Simon Gerrans took out the sprint point with Matt Goss second

     

  59. 117km remaining from 148.5km

    11:33:21 CST

    So after the intermediate sprint 

    1 - Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
    2 - Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)
    3 - Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp)

     

  60. 11:34:17 CST

    There is a small group of five who are forming including Will Clarke (Drapac)

     

  61. 11:34:51 CST

    Olivier Kaisen (Lotto-Belisol) has reportedly abandoned the race

     

  62. 11:35:21 CST

    Jack Haig with a rear wheel mechincal

     

  63. 115km remaining from 148.5km

    11:36:30 CST

    • Break

    in the group of five are Michael Andersen (Tinkoff-SAxo, Axel Domont (Ag2r) Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), Cameron Wurf (Cannondale) Wesley Sulzberger (Drapac)

     

  64. 11:37:22 CST

    Lieuwe Westra (Astana) is trying to bridge this gap and is 21 seconds of the leading five. The peloton is 50 seconds off the tete de la course

     

  65. 11:37:45 CST

    Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida):

    The whole stage depends on what kind of breakaway goes at the beginning of the race. I’ll keep my eyes wide open, wishing it’ll be a quiet stage because it would be better for me to save energy for tomorrow.

     

  66. 11:38:29 CST

    Gerrans moved to within 9 seconds of Evans after the sprint 

     

  67. 11:39:07 CST

    Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale):

    I was so disappointed that I crashed yesterday 5km before the Corkscrew climb. After coming fifth in Stage 1, I was hoping for a great GC result. I had been so serious about preparing for this race. I even skipped the Christmas food. Now I wait for Willunga Hill to see where my good form can take me

     

  68. 11:40:29 CST

    Before the race Nathan Haas said if bonus seconds were on offer, he'd chase them down. That's just what he did

     

  69. 11:40:44 CST

    Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp):

    I want to hold on to the position I’ve got now (4th overall) and make sure that I’ll go as well tomorrow as I did yesterday. If I see an opportunity to get some time bonus, I’ll take it. If not, I’ll just relax in the bunch and wait for Willunga Hill tomorrow.

     

  70. 110km remaining from 148.5km

    11:42:36 CST

    The break has 2:00 now over the peloton and Westra (Astana) is trying to bridge. In the group of five are Michael Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo, Axel Domont (Ag2r) Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), Cameron Wurf (Cannondale) and Wesley Sulzberger (Drapac).

     

  71. 11:44:12 CST

     Europcar have been very active in getting riders into the break today with Bjorn Thurau  now 40 seconds off the leaders as he tries to join teammate Arashiro

  72. 11:44:37 CST

    Koen de Kort (Giant-Shimano):

    Certainly we want a bunch sprint for Marcel Kittel. We had Simon Geschke up on GC but he lost some time yesterday so our main goal is to get two stage wins, today and on Sunday. All depends on how the start goes today.

     

  73. 11:45:28 CST

    it seems race radio are clarifying whether its Westra or Tharau who is the rider making the chase to the main group

     

  74. 11:46:17 CST

     André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) is going to be disadvantaged by the confirmation that teammate Kaisen has abandoned the race

  75. 11:46:47 CST

    André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol):

    A lot of teams are trying to break away because they are out of GC. But we’ll chase them down. I've won in Victor Harbour before. I know the wind can come from different sides. Sprinting is not about Kittel and myself. I trust my team, that’s all.

     

  76. 11:48:14 CST

    The fast man with the fast name, Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida), is hoping to take another win for the team after Diego Ulissi won Stage 2

     

  77. 11:48:38 CST

    Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida):

    I've been told that the Santos Tour Down Under used to be a race for sprinters. I hope today it is, at least. If so, I’ll just follow André Greipel

     

  78. 11:50:33 CST

    Clarification: It is Bjorn Tharau who is chasing not Westra (Astana)

     

  79. 11:51:21 CST

    Caleb Ewan (UniSA):

    I struggled a bit yesterday. I've been knocked out from the crash the day before. I’m feeling better today. The team will do all they can to get me a good position for the sprint if it comes down to a bunch sprint finish.

     

  80. 11:52:06 CST

    Axel Domont (Ag2r) is the virtual leader on the road currently after making it into the group as BMC control the main bunch

     

  81. 11:52:54 CST

     The peloton is 4 minutes behind the leaders now

  82. 11:53:58 CST

    Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano):

    I am looking forward to today. We hope the sprinters have a chance today. The team is working well and we hope to win.

     

  83. 104km remaining from 148.5km

    11:54:59 CST

    Thauru has sat up and rejoined the peloton. The leading five riders have 4:00 now and have not changed since this group formed

     

  84. 11:56:04 CST

    Cadel Evans (BMC)

    I'm feeling good. It was a solid day and we managed to pull it off. I had to put everything on the rosa in the last 8km. It puts us in a good position going forward. We have a good team to defend.

     

  85. 98km remaining from 148.5km

    12:02:49 CST

    The group of five have 4:40 over the main bunch. This is just about the biggest lead an escape has been allowed so far this race

     

  86. 94km remaining from 148.5km

    12:07:47 CST

    The race has settled down after the frenetic start which saw Gerrans pick up crucial bonus seconds and then the break formed who are building a lead of almost 5:00 minutes now

     

  87. 12:08:47 CST

    Axel Domont (Ag2r) and Cameron Wurf (Cannondale) have attacked the break and have 100m on the other three

     

  88. 92km remaining from 148.5km

    12:09:34 CST

    Behind Domont and Wurf are Michael Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo,Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) and Wesley Sulzberger (Drapac)

     

  89. 12:11:50 CST

     Domont and Wurf have just extended their lead out over 5:00 minutes. The first time a break has been given this much freedom in 2014

  90. 12:13:28 CST

    As a sign of the winds today,the KOM arch has been taken down so as to not impact on the riders and for the safety of the crowds

     

  91. 89km remaining from 148.5km

    12:18:59 CST

    Domont and Wurf have 1:35 over their former companions

     

  92. 12:20:44 CST

    BMC are still on the front and the lead is down to 4:35 now. Sulzberger, Andersen and Arahsiro are in the middle

     

  93. 12:22:09 CST

    Domont and Wurf are driving this but behind the other 3 riders are sitting up and will soon be swallowed up by the main bunch

     

  94. 12:25:36 CST

    Wes Sulzberger is in a skinsuit today

     

  95. 12:27:49 CST

    Next up for the riders will be the feedzone and plenty of guys will be refueling after that fast start

     

  96. 80km remaining from 148.5km

    12:32:02 CST

    Still the two leaders holding steady with BMC leading the chase

     

  97. 12:39:15 CST

    Domont and Wurf are taking it turns and working well together. BMC and Lotto are at the head of the race and Greipel will be very hungry for the win today

     

  98. 70km remaining from 148.5km

    12:40:21 CST

    Not long now till the riders will pass through the feedzone with the leaders time holding a 4:50 minute lead

     

  99. 12:40:45 CST

    The average speed of this race has been 41km/h

     

  100. 12:42:32 CST

    Once the riders take on their food and liquids the lead should drop down again

  101. 68km remaining from 148.5km

    12:46:08 CST

    The riders are about 20 minutes away from cresting the sole climb of the day for a handful of KOM points

     

  102. 12:47:43 CST

    Domont and Wurf have 4:10 over the bunch

     

  103. 12:53:16 CST

    The KOM jersey awaits Domont given that he should take points on the climb and therefore will wrest the polka dots off Adam Hansen (Lotto)

     

  104. 60km remaining from 148.5km

    12:54:11 CST

    • Break

    That gap is at 4:09

     

  105. 55km remaining from 148.5km

    12:59:50 CST

    We could see some echelons today with the winds picking up on the roads into Victor Harbour

     

  106. 13:01:47 CST

    GreenEdge are on the front now giving BMC a slight respite

     

  107. 13:03:28 CST

    The two leaders are seeing their lead cut down to under 4:00 minutes now as they approach the climb

     

  108. 13:05:36 CST

    1km to the top of the climb for Domont and Wurf

     

  109. 52km remaining from 148.5km

    13:07:14 CST

    The climb is a Cat 2 and Domont is now the leader of the KOM classification

     

  110. 50km remaining from 148.5km

    13:09:59 CST

    The gap is down to 2:00 minutes now

     

  111. 13:11:36 CST

    Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing):

    After two or three days in the peloton, I needed to show my face and my team colors. I hate to just fill up space in the peloton. I wanted to attack to show I am still alive. I want to lead by example. I want to teach the young fellas a few things. I want to show the young kids, if you want to take my place, you have to take it.

     

  112. 13:13:00 CST

    The peloton has been split over the climb with GreenEdge taking control and trying to get Gerrans the bonus seconds on offer

     

  113. 48km remaining from 148.5km

    13:13:49 CST

    Robert Gesink (Belkin):

    I like racing here. It's a bit early for us
    European guys, but the organization is good, good weather, good
    racing. It's a great way to start the season. We still have the
    Willunga stage to come, so I hope to have some possibilities there.
    Maybe with some luck we can move up on GC.

     

  114. 13:14:38 CST

    Reports that Kittel didn't make the lead group

     

  115. 46km remaining from 148.5km

    13:16:27 CST

    The two leaders have just 1:30 minutes now over as several riders were forced to make a quick detour on to the side of the road

     

  116. 13:17:48 CST

    This front bunch is now all strung out with around 60 riders having made it

     

  117. 13:18:25 CST

    Domont and Wurf 's lead is now under 1:00 minute

     

  118. 13:19:38 CST

    Adam Hansen was third over the climb and took out four points so it will be Hansen who keeps his lead in the KOM actually

     

  119. 43km remaining from 148.5km

    13:20:48 CST

    KOM standings

    1. 32 Adam HANSEN (LTB) 24 pt
    2. 75 Axel DOMONT (ALM) 22
    3. 184 William CLARKE (DPC) 20

     

  120. 42km remaining from 148.5km

    13:22:40 CST

    The catch is on as Domont and Wurf are sucked up into the peloton

     

  121. 13:23:50 CST

    This is going to be the stage now for Greipel who is the fastest man in the first group whilethe second group on the road 45 seconds behind.

    Lotto and GreenEdge are driving the front group

     

  122. 13:26:04 CST

    Michael Mattews (Orica-GreenEdge) is on the front. We haven't seen Luke Durbridge doing so much work since the opening two days when he was bossing the whole peloton and setting the pace like a seasoned pro

     

  123. 13:26:55 CST

    Its 7km until the intermaidte sprint now and with an average speed of 61km in the last 10km, it will be a fast ride to the claim the bonus seconds

     

  124. 13:28:23 CST

    Its 7km until the intermaidte sprint now and with an average speed of 64km/h in the last 10km, it will be a fast ride to the claim the bonus seconds

     

  125. 33km remaining from 148.5km

    13:33:03 CST

     GreenEdge are driving the front group to get the bonus seconds for Gerrans and stop Evans from getting any extra time

  126. 13:33:37 CST

    Evans is placed on Gerrans wheel in the lead up the to the sprint

     

  127. 13:34:59 CST

    Gerrans and Ulissi grabbed time there as Evans couldn't hold that pace and dropped out of the sprint

     

  128. 13:35:44 CST

    A mechanical stopped Evans there

     

  129. 13:36:44 CST

    Intermediate sprint results

    1 Haas (Garmin-Sharp)
    2 Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
    3 Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)

     

  130. 13:37:47 CST

    • Puncture

    It's a new bike for Evans after that mechanical in the sprint

     

  131. 13:39:17 CST

    In trying to get over the left side of the road Evans was almost taken out. That could have been his race all over red rover

     

  132. 28km remaining from 148.5km

    13:40:26 CST

    After that sprint, the only thing left to contest is the stage win so its no surprise that Lotto are now on the front

     

  133. 13:41:44 CST

    Five BMC riders have paced Evans back to the front now and the front group is rather strung out in a long line

     

  134. 26km remaining from 148.5km

    13:43:34 CST

    Cannondale are on the front now and are working for Elia Viviani who can match it with the best but its still Greipel's race to lose

     

  135. 13:46:56 CST

    The race clock has just clicked over three hours and it won't be too long until the front bunch reaches Victor Harbour

     

  136. 13:48:04 CST

    Evans is riding at the back of the bunch after a few close calls there

     

  137. 21km remaining from 148.5km

    13:51:04 CST

    Jonathan Cantwell (Drapac) has his team placing him at the front and the Pro-Conti outfit would be confident he can deliver today

     

  138. 20km remaining from 148.5km

    13:53:42 CST

    So its just under 20km left to race now and Lotto are back on the front with a Garmin-Sharp rider adding some colour to the pace

     

  139. 13km remaining from 148.5km

    14:00:19 CST

    The wind is blowing and Drapac are going to try and stop Lotto but Garmin will be hoping that Steele von Hoff can claim the win

     

  140. 12km remaining from 148.5km

    14:01:19 CST

    Its 30 seconds back the second group 

     

  141. 14:02:13 CST

    Greipel's skinsuit may be the difference today if he claims the win

     

  142. 12km remaining from 148.5km

    14:03:20 CST

    Its 7:30 seconds back to the second group so its red rover for them

     

  143. 12km remaining from 148.5km

    14:03:28 CST

    Its 7:30 seconds back to the second group so its red rover for them

     

  144. 14:04:17 CST

     Tour boss Prudhomme is in town. Click here to see what he has to say about the race

  145. 10km remaining from 148.5km

    14:05:46 CST

    With 10km to go it will be fast finish into Victor Harbour

     

  146. 14:07:19 CST

    Also in that second group are Caleb Ewan (UniSA) and Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

     

  147. 8km remaining from 148.5km

    14:08:34 CST

    The time difference between the two groups is now 7:45 and the organisers won't DSQ half the race so expect that gap to lengthen with the front group set to average 60km/h or so in the final few km

     

  148. 7km remaining from 148.5km

    14:10:10 CST

    Lotto, Sky and Drapac are all the front and Garmin are snaking their way up the middle

     

  149. 14:11:11 CST

    Is Simon Gerrans going to try for the win to claim the bonus which would give him the lead?

     

  150. 14:12:42 CST

    • Crash

    A Cannondale rider had a look at the peloton and is now gaining a lead of several hundred meters

     

  151. 14:13:17 CST

    Cameron Wurf (Caanondale) was in the break earlier today and now he is trying to grab the win

     

  152. 14:14:15 CST

    With Wurf caught, Serge Pauwels and Jan Bakelandts are launching a counter attack now

     

  153. 14:15:21 CST

    There are three riders who have launched an attack behind them but are now caught 

     

  154. 3km remaining from 148.5km

    14:15:47 CST

    Pauwels and Bakelandts are building a small gap now

     

  155. 14:16:42 CST

    Bakelandts has surprised the sprinters before at the 2013 Tour de France. Can he do it again?

     

  156. 14:17:20 CST

    The chase is causing a split now

     

  157. 14:18:44 CST

    Andre Greipel wins the race once again in Victor Harbour to take his 15th win at the Tour Down Under

     

  158. 14:27:14 CST

    After seeing his main rivals miss the split that was caused on the KOM of the day, Greipel has taken the win by several length and also saw teammate Jurgen Roelandts take out second place. Simon Gerrans had a good day out with his deficit to Evans cut down by his sprinting prowess and ends the day with just 7 seconds separating the pair.

     

  159. 14:35:06 CST

    Having seen his major rival, Marcel Kittel miss the split, Greipel was in the box seat to take the win but it wasn't a straight forward sprinters stage as Orica-GreenEdge set up Simon Gerrans to take as many bonus seconds as possible in the intermediate sprint points.

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