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Saudi Tour: Van Gils wins stage 4

HARRAT UWAYRID SAUDI ARABIA FEBRUARY 04 Maxim Van Gils of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal celebrates winning during the 6th Saudi Tour 2022 Stage 4 a 1493km stage from Winter Park to Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid 1159m SaudiTour on February 04 2022 in Harrat Uwayrid Saudi Arabia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 4 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Lotto Soudal won their second stage at the Saudi Tour after Maxim Van Gils soloed to victory on stage 4 at the Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid.

The 22-year-old second-year pro followed Andrea Bagioli's (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) attack on the double-digit gradient slopes of the main climb of the day, 10 kilometres from the finish before the Italian cracked under pressure from the Belgian, leaving Van Gils to ride alone to the finish.

Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange-Jayco) took second place ahead of Tim Declercq (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), though at 40 seconds back it means that Van Gils is the new race leader.

He heads into Saturday's final stage with a 36-second advantage over second-placed Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious), while Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) is third at 48 seconds.

Earlier in the day, the wind provoked echelons and splits in the peloton, with Buitrago on the wrong side of a move which saw Van Gils, Oss, Mezgec and the majority of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl get up the road.

The winning move was made on the three-kilometre climb at the end of the stage from the group largely made up of non-climbers. There, the average gradient of 12 per cent enough for Van Gils to push on and build an insurmountable lead to take his first career victory.

Buitrago and Costa would eventually make it back to the group, taking advantage of the steep slopes to do so, though by that time the winning move – and the race lead – had already gone.

Full results
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal03:32:39
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco00:00:40
3Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
5Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
6Daniel Oss (Ita) TotalEnergies
7Alexis Renard (Fra) Cofidis
8Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious
9Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:00:44
10Alexandre Geniez (Fra) TotalEnergies00:01:19
11Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
12Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:01:20
13Donavan Grondin (Fra) Arkea-Samsic00:01:29
14Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Arkea-Samsic
15Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
16Lawson Craddock (USA) BikeExchange-Jayco
17Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
18Eliot Lietaer (Bel) B&B Hotels-KTM
19Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
20Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis
21Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe00:01:32
22Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:02:48
23Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious
24Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) TotalEnergies
25Niki Terpstra (Ned) TotalEnergies00:03:35
26Alex Edmondson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
27Edward Planckaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix00:04:12
28Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies
29Jannik Steimle (Ger) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
30Michael Hepburn (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
31Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
32Capser van Uden (Ned) Team DSM00:06:00
33Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
34Ryan Mullen (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe00:06:03
35Sam Welsford (Aus) Team DSM
36Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
37Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
38Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
39Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
40Alexander Konychev (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco
41Davide Ballerini (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:07:37
42Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
43Anthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies
44Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates
45Felix Groß (Ger) UAE Team Emirates00:09:29
46Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
47Max Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
48Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix00:10:38
49Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
50Julien Morice (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
51Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
52Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:10:56
53Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
54Jan Maas (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco00:11:25
55Jonas Abrahamsen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
56Victor de la Parte (Spa) TotalEnergies
57Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:12:21
58Maurice Ballerstedt (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
59Wesley Kreder (Ned) Cofidis
60Fredrik Dversnes (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
61Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM
62Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal
63Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
64Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:12:51
65Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
66Markus Pajur (Est) Arkea-Samsic00:13:47
67Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team
68Davide Cimolai (Ita) Cofidis
69Syver Wærsted (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
70Julius Jayde (RSA) Kuwait Pro Cycling
71Kamil Gradek (Pol) Bahrain Victorious
72Tim Naberman (Ned) Team DSM
73Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis
74Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM
75Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team
76Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:14:39
77Daniel McLay (GBr) Arkea-Samsic
78James Jobber (GBr) Kuwait Pro Cycling
79Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-KTM
80Christophe Noppe (Bel) Arkea-Samsic
81Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
82Erlend Blikra (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:15:30
83Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Kuwait Pro Cycling
84Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM
85Lars Saugstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:15:33
86Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal00:15:41
87Abdulhadi Alajmi (Kuw) Kuwait Pro Cycling00:20:20
88Muhamad Afiq Huznie Othman (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team
89Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team
DNSFred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
DNFMatthew Clements (GBr) Kuwait Pro Cycling

Sprint 1 - Mar 1 km. 149.3
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal15
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco12
3Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team9
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe7
5Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates6
6Daniel Oss (Ita) TotalEnergies5
7Alexis Renard (Fra) Cofidis4
8Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious3
9Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team2
10Alexandre Geniez (Fra) TotalEnergies1

Young riders
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal03:32:39
2Alexis Renard (Fra) Cofidis00:00:40
3Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious
4Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:00:44
5Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:01:20
6Donavan Grondin (Fra) Arkea-Samsic00:01:29
7Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious00:02:48
8Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM00:04:12
9Capser van Uden (Ned) Team DSM00:06:00
10Alexander Konychev (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco00:06:03
11Felix Groß (Ger) UAE Team Emirates00:09:29
12Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:10:38
13Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:10:56
14Maurice Ballerstedt (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix00:12:21
15Fredrik Dversnes (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
16Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM
17Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal
18Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:12:51
19Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
20Markus Pajur (Est) Arkea-Samsic00:13:47
21Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team
22Tim Naberman (Ned) Team DSM
23Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis
24Erlend Blikra (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:15:30
25Lars Saugstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:15:33

Teams
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Bora-Hansgrohe10:41:28
2QuickStep-AlphaVinyl00:00:41
3TotalEnergies00:01:16
4Bahrain Victorious00:01:26
5BikeExchange-Jayco00:02:13
6B&B Hotels-KTM00:05:30
7Lotto Soudal00:08:35
8UAE Team Emirates00:10:46
9Cofidis00:10:59
10Team DSM00:12:44
11Alpecin-Fenix00:12:48
12Arkea-Samsic00:13:14
13Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:19:52
14Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:38:42
15Kuwait Pro Cycling00:40:25

General classification after stage 4
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal17:09:38
2Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious00:00:36
3Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:00:48
4Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:00:52
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe00:00:57
6Daniel Oss (Ita) TotalEnergies
7Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:01:29
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) TotalEnergies00:01:36
9Alexis Renard (Fra) Cofidis00:01:45
10Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis00:01:46
11Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
12Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Arkea-Samsic
13Eliot Lietaer (Bel) B&B Hotels-KTM00:01:51
14Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Bahrain Victorious00:02:11
15Donavan Grondin (Fra) Arkea-Samsic00:02:13
16Lawson Craddock (USA) BikeExchange-Jayco00:02:33
17Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:02:58
18Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix00:03:22
19Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco00:03:30
20Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious00:03:48
21Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:04:56
22Alex Edmondson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco00:05:12
23Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM00:05:17
24Edward Planckaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
25Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates00:06:17
26Jannik Steimle (Ger) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:07:33
27Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:07:42
28Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:08:04
29Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM00:08:12
30Capser van Uden (Ned) Team DSM00:08:22
31Michael Hepburn (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco00:08:33
32Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies00:08:52
33Anthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies00:08:58
34Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal00:09:51
35Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates00:09:57
36Davide Ballerini (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:10:12
37Ryan Mullen (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe00:10:35
38Alexander Konychev (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco00:10:58
39Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:11:03
40Max Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates00:11:08
41Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) TotalEnergies00:11:17
42Sam Welsford (Aus) Team DSM00:11:26
43Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates00:11:38
44Victor de la Parte (Spa) TotalEnergies00:12:09
45Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis00:12:38
46Julien Morice (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM00:12:48
47Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco00:13:03
48Fredrik Dversnes (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:13:05
49Niki Terpstra (Ned) TotalEnergies00:13:40
50Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:13:48
51Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious00:13:56
52Felix Groß (Ger) UAE Team Emirates00:14:26
53Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:14:34
54Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix00:15:09
55Maurice Ballerstedt (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix00:15:27
56Jan Maas (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco00:15:31
57Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM00:15:37
58Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal00:15:40
59Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:15:47
60Markus Pajur (Est) Arkea-Samsic00:16:01
61Jonas Abrahamsen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:16:05
62Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM00:16:22
63Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis00:16:26
64Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM00:16:39
65Kamil Gradek (Pol) Bahrain Victorious00:16:52
66Wesley Kreder (Ned) Cofidis00:17:18
67Tim Naberman (Ned) Team DSM00:17:42
68Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:17:52
69Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe00:18:06
70Davide Cimolai (Ita) Cofidis00:18:18
71Daniel McLay (GBr) Arkea-Samsic00:18:21
72Christophe Noppe (Bel) Arkea-Samsic00:18:38
73Julius Jayde (RSA) Kuwait Pro Cycling00:19:05
74Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM00:19:25
75Erlend Blikra (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:20:02
76Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal00:20:30
77Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe00:20:37
78Lars Saugstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:20:47
79Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:20:55
80Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:22:07
81Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:24:38
82James Jobber (GBr) Kuwait Pro Cycling00:25:22
83Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:27:36
84Syver Wærsted (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:29:17
85Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:29:44
86Abdulhadi Alajmi (Kuw) Kuwait Pro Cycling00:31:37
87Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-KTM00:34:47
88Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Kuwait Pro Cycling00:35:51
89Muhamad Afiq Huznie Othman (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:38:42

Young Riders Classification
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal17:09:38
2Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious00:00:36
3Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:01:29
4Alexis Renard (Fra) Cofidis00:01:45
5Donavan Grondin (Fra) Arkea-Samsic00:02:13
6Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious00:03:48
7Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM00:05:17
8Capser van Uden (Ned) Team DSM00:08:22
9Alexander Konychev (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco00:10:58
10Fredrik Dversnes (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:13:05
11Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:13:48
12Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious00:13:56
13Felix Groß (Ger) UAE Team Emirates00:14:26
14Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:14:34
15Maurice Ballerstedt (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix00:15:27
16Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe00:15:47
17Markus Pajur (Est) Arkea-Samsic00:16:01
18Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM00:16:22
19Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis00:16:26
20Tim Naberman (Ned) Team DSM00:17:42
21Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:17:52
22Erlend Blikra (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:20:02
23Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal00:20:30
24Lars Saugstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:20:47
25Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team00:22:07

Teams Classification
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1QuickStep-AlphaVinyl51:34:14
2Bora-Hansgrohe00:00:41
3TotalEnergies00:00:45
4Bahrain Victorious00:00:55
5BikeExchange-Jayco00:02:21
6B&B Hotels-KTM00:05:25
7Lotto Soudal00:09:13
8UAE Team Emirates00:09:59
9Cofidis00:10:01
10Team DSM00:13:28
11Arkea-Samsic00:14:40
12Alpecin-Fenix00:17:03
13Uno-X Pro Cycling Team00:20:39
14Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team00:55:28
15Kuwait Pro Cycling01:01:01

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