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Santos Tour Down Under 2016: Stage 4

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Hello and welcome to live coverage from stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. We're starting in Norwood today for what will should be a straight forward sprint finish in Victor Harbor although with the possibility of crosswinds, any thing is possible

Welcome to today's coverage of stage 4 at the Tour Down Under. Riders will face a 138km test from Norwood to Victor Harbor.

The racing will start in just over half an hour.

Yesterday's stage to Campbelltown provided an exciting finish, with the climb up Corkscrew Road whittling the lead group down to just 10 riders. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) took a photo-finish win ahead of 2015 overall winner Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Mike Woods (Cannondale). Here's the top 10 from stage 3:

Here's where the General Classificatin stands after three stages:

In case you missed it, the Tour de San Luis in Argentina had its first summit finish today, and there were some surprises. Read about the stage here.

Here's the top 10 today from Argentina:

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) had hoped to win Tour de San Luis this year, but those hopes probably ended today when he lost more than five minutes on the final climb. Read what Nibali had to say after the stage.

We're about 15 minutes away from the stage start now.

We've also got another weather report from Brett Dutschke. Take it away, Brett:

We're just about a minute away front he start now. Riders have staged and are ready go roll.

Riders have started the 4km neutral roll out.

We're getting word that BMC's Marcus Burghardt did not start today after being caught up in the crash near the end of yesterday's stage.

The neutral is over and Orica-GreenEdge are on the front to dissuade any attacks.

Adam Hansen gave it a go again, but the field has brought him back. They're climbing to Norton Summit now, and some riders are already struggling.

Cannondale neo-pro Mike Woods put in an impressive ride yesterday, finishing third. He's currently third overall. You can read more about Woods here.

134km remaining from 138km

Thomas De Gendt is in chase of the two leaders up Norton Summit

Westra and De Gendt have several hundred metres on the peloton with Alexis Gougeard inbwteen

Orica-GreenEdge are controlling the pace in the peloton as they crest Norton Summit

Alexis Gougeard is caught by the peloton as an IAM Cycling rider then tries his luck with an attack

Jarlinson Pantano is the IAM Cycling rider to make the bridge across to the two leaders

126km remaining from 138km

The five man front group contains Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin), Julian Arredondo (Trek-Segafredo), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).

124km remaining from 138km

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Orica GreenEdge are controlling the pace while Dimension Data and LottoNL-Jumbo riders have been aggressive as they try and force another break

120km remaining from 138km

Simon Gerrans was expecting a fast start to the stage, here's what he had to say.

Orica-GreenEdge are looking to claim the bonus seconds on offer at the intermediate sprint point in just two kilometres

It's a very fast pace as the riders approach the sprint point

Simon Gerrans is recorded as the winner of the sprint ahead of Jay McCarthy

We has reports over race radio the race that gaps had opened up in the peloton after the intermediate sprint point

As the GC stands on the road, Gerrans leads McCarthy by four seconds and Rohan Dennis by six seconds

106km remaining from 138km

Ruben Zepuntke also had a few pre-race comments today, here's what he had to say

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101km remaining from 138km

Giacomo Nizzolo has a rear flat

We are hearing a storm front is moving in quickly down at Victor Harbor with winds of 100km/h 

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We spoke with Pat Shaw this morning at the UniSA-Australia team van and here's what he had to say;

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The breakaway is 5:45 minutes ahead on the road now

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The average speed of the first 40km was 40km/h

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It's feeding time for the peloton in Strathalbyn

65km remaining from 138km

The gap on the road is 1.6km between the lead and three-man break

Overall in San Luis, the Quintana brothers put on a show but it was Dayer not Nairo with the better result. Click here to read more about the Colombian brothers

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The last time the race visited Victor Harbor, Steele von Hoff won the sprint while a fast crash brought down several riders. The UniSA-Australia rider has his teammate Pat Shaw in the breakaway and will surely be looking to claim another stage win 12-months on from his first stage win at WorldTour level

Getting close to the intermediate sprint point, Orica-GreenEdge look likely to challenge for the three seconds again

48km remaining from 138km

Lots of teams lined up across the front of the peloton in formation at the moment

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The peloton won't catch the breakaway in Goolwa but the GC teams are all swelling toward the front ready for the final 35km of the day

Pat Shaw jumps away to take the maximum points on offer at the sprint point

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It's BMC at the front of the race on the approach to the KOM climb

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Tinkoff are driving the chase and have cut the breakaway's advantage to 35 seconds

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Here in Adelaide it's about to bucket down with hail expected in a storm, in Victor Harbor though it's still dry

David Tanner has been awarded the most combative rider award for the stage

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Porte and Henao surge clear for the KOM with the Sky rider extending his lead in the classification

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Several riders are down in a crash

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Having crashed late on yesterday's stage, Julian Arrendondo has gone down again

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Jesus Herrada (Movistar) has attacked the front group

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Westra has attacked the front group, he was also attacking the peloton earlier today

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Team Sky are really driving the pace with 8km to go now but there is a chance for the second group on the road to re-join the front

The average speed over the last 5km was 47km/h

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There are a few corners on the run in to the finish with 3km to go

Safely around the roundabout and its still Sky leading with GreenEdge sitting in behind

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Katusha and Team Sky lead into the final kilometre

Team Sky lead it out

Simon Gerrans wins in the ochre jersey and extends his overall race lead

Simon Gerrans wins in the ochre jersey and extends his overall race lead

Simon Gerrans wins in the ochre jersey and extends his overall race lead

Simon Gerrans times his sprint for the second day in a row to claim the win and further extend his overall lead

It was Simon Gerrans, Ben Swift and Giacomo Nizzolo

After a 16-month wait for a personal win yesterday, Simon Gerrans was immediately back in the winners book with his well timed sprint ahead of Swift and Nizzolo

So, Simon Gerrans wins his fifth career stage at the Tour Down Under and will stage stage 5 of the race in a very strong position to claim a fourth GC win. Thanks for joining us today and keep clicking back for a full race report, results, photos from today and race highlights later on as well

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