Stage 4 race report
Well, Stage 4 is run and won. There really isn’t any way to describe a TTT that makes it seem interesting. It’s OK, but it isn’t great. Watch a pile of blokes ride in a line. Sure they are pumping the guts out of it, but this early in the piece there really isn’t much at stake.
Still, that’s not to say that there weren’t some interesting observations that we could make. We at Velotipper are sometimes accused of being GreenEDGE naysayers (except the bus driver, we’re unapologetic fans of his). So we were very surprised and incredibly impressed when OGE took the win. Bloody fantastic result for Gerro and for the rest of the squad. And it was great to see them celebrating at the end. All of these stoic victors… please! Be excited about winning.
It was a pure stage win as OPQ and SKY were within 3 seconds. Not much advantage to any of the GC hitters. More importantly Saxo was only 6 seconds behind SKY, and BMC were only 23 seconds down on Froome. So in terms of GC, it was much of a muchness.
At the other end of the finishers, it was….DEGENKOLB. Argos-Shimano. Out the arse.
The course was relatively short so most riders finished with the team. Compared to a 50km TTT where there would be serious gaps, this was more about actually picking winners.
HOWEVER…we have finally had a bit of a shake up on GC. There were lots of reasonable favourites, and most of them lost. So it was a small minority coming up with OGE for the win: Cameron Fowle, Jason Dennis, Lorraine McCulloch, Phil Aarons, Neil Cash, Daniel Holt, Andrew Irwin, Ben Dunn, Naz Giuliani, Matt Settle, Mark Ross, David McLeod, Nick Silcox, John Neale, Angus Thomson, Derek Collins and Beau Chenery. Awesome!!!
Back to the overall, and we now have a countable number of leaders. The race of attrition is starting to grind peopld down, to wear them out. But here are the current top markers, all looking excellent: Daniel Holt, Beau Chenery, Angus Thomson, Andrew Irwin, Lorraine McCulloch, Phil Aarons, Neil Cash, Nick Silcox, Matt Settle, David McLeod, Derek Collins and Cameron Fowle.
In the sprint it’s still Nick Anskey on 110 from Jérémy Pen and Olly Stevens on 99.
No change in the KOM as there were no polka points awarded on the pancake stage.
General Classification tipping ladder top 50 after stage 4
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