Demare wins stage 4 in Tour de Wallonie

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) took out the victory on the second to last Tour de Wallonie stage in Lierneux, prevailing from the bunch sprint after taking part in the early breakaway on the undulating 178km stage.

Demare timed his sprint perfectly after an early surge by Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept), and held off Szymon Sajnok (CCC Team) and Stijn Steels (Roompot-Charles).

The stage from Villers-Le-Bouillet featured five categorized climbs, with the category 2 Cote de Chera coming 14km into the stage. Demare made a five-man breakaway with Thomas Boudat (Total Direct Energie), Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea), Floris Gerts (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Charles) with the idea that there would be no bunch sprint.

Demare lost contact with the escapees with around 50km to go, with Team Ineos' Eddie Dunbar scrambling across to the move to replace him.

The move never gained much more than a minute, and with 12km to go, Dunbar was the last man standing from the breakaway, and he succumbed to the chase with 11km to go. There was a flurry of attacks in the final 10km, but none of them succeeded, and Demare found he'd recovered enough from his early efforts to have a go in the sprint.

"It's not my style to get in the break and then come back in," Demare said. "I managed to recuperate and come back into the peloton. When I saw that I was ahead and the peloton was coming back I didn't think it'd be my day but eventually I realised a sprint was an option, even if the finish was difficult."

Race leader Loïc Vliegen (Wanty-Gobert) answered a number of attacks in the climbs to hold onto his race lead.

"Yesterday I broke both wheels on my bike so for sure I'm happy to win today," Demare said. "I didn't expect to win today in the scenario so I was happy to work for team and I am happy to prevail. It's a surprise after the effort I made early in the stage [getting in the breakaway] but I kept going and it was only in last kilometres I managed to get in the position to sprint."


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4:26:52
2Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 2 - Cell 2
4Romain Cardis (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 3 - Cell 2
5Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 4 - Cell 2
6Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 5 - Cell 2
7Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team IneosRow 9 - Cell 2
11Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 10 - Cell 2
12Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Team IneosRow 16 - Cell 2
18Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 17 - Cell 2
19Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 20 - Cell 2
22Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Angelo Tulik (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 22 - Cell 2
24Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 25 - Cell 2
27Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 26 - Cell 2
28Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 32 - Cell 2
34Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 33 - Cell 2
35Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 35 - Cell 2
37Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Pierre Gouault (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 40 - Cell 2
42Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Christophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 42 - Cell 2
44Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 43 - Cell 2
45Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 44 - Cell 2
46Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 46 - Cell 2
48Christian Knees (Ger) Team IneosRow 47 - Cell 2
49Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team IneosRow 51 - Cell 2
53Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team IneosRow 53 - Cell 2
55Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Corendon-CircusRow 57 - Cell 2
59Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:29
61Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:32
62Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:48
63Floris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:00:53
64Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:56
65Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:45
66Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:03:30
67Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:04:20
69Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Ineos0:05:05
70Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:09:40
71Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct EnergieRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 71 - Cell 2
73Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 72 - Cell 2
74Thomas Boudat (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 73 - Cell 2
75Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 75 - Cell 2
77Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:13:12
81Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 82 - Cell 2
84Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 83 - Cell 2
85Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 84 - Cell 2
86Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:13
87Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 86 - Cell 2
88Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie BruxellesRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 92 - Cell 2
94Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 93 - Cell 2
95Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 94 - Cell 2
96Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 95 - Cell 2
97Damien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 96 - Cell 2
98Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 97 - Cell 2
99Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:19:35
100Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 99 - Cell 2
101Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 102 - Cell 2
104Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 104 - Cell 2
106Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 105 - Cell 2
107Julien Van Den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 106 - Cell 2
108Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFMaarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-CircusRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFNicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFJordi Van Dingenen (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 113 - Cell 2
DNSEliot Lietaer (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 114 - Cell 2
DNSTom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie BruxellesRow 115 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team17:34:46
2Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos0:00:12
3Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:13
4Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos0:00:16
5Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:18
6Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:19
8Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:00:21
9Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:22
10Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 9 - Cell 2
11Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 12 - Cell 2
14Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Team IneosRow 16 - Cell 2
18Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 23 - Cell 2
25Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:00:33
26Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:35
27Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:00:39
28Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Corendon-Circus0:00:43
30Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:49
31Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:00:50
32Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:10
33Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:10
34Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:44
35Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:03:22
36Pierre Gouault (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 35 - Cell 2
37Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:42
38Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:03:50
40Floris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:04:13
41Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:04:17
42Romain Cardis (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:04:18
43Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos0:04:19
44Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:04:27
45Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:31
46Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:04:51
47Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:07
48Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:06:23
49Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:08:09
50Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:08:36
51Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:09:09
52Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:09:51
53Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:10:06
54Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:12:53
55Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 54 - Cell 2
56Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:13:06
58Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:09
59Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:14:58
61Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:15:11
62Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team0:15:17
63Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:15:22
64Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 63 - Cell 2
65Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin0:15:24
66Angelo Tulik (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:15:41
67Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:15:54
68Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:16:02
69Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:16:17
70Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:16:29
71Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:17:31
72Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:17:38
73Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:17:39
74Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Ineos0:18:56
75Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Ineos0:19:37
76Christophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:19:40
77Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:21:11
78Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy0:22:36
79Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:24:20
80Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:25:36
81Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:25:55
82Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:25:57
83Thomas Boudat (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:26:05
84Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:26:21
85Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:26:23
86Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:26:38
87Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:26:40
88Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:26:59
89Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:27:06
90Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie Bruxelles0:27:52
91Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:28:37
92Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:32:22
93Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:32:24
94Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:34:02
95Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:34:59
96Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:35:23
97Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:35:24
98Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:35:35
99Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:35:44
100Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:39:01
101Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:39:22
102Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:41:42
103Damien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:44:36
104Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:45:44
105Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:46:00
106Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:48:14
107Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy0:51:16
108Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie0:53:50
109Julien Van Den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1:05:37

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