Paris-Nice, Stage 4: Van Garderen Into Fourth Overall12. March 2015 — Road Team
BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen climbed from 12th overall to fourth Thursday at Paris-Nice following a fifth-place result on the race's only mountain-top finish to a road stage. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)
Van Garderen was not able to follow an attack in the last four kilometers by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who finished runner-up to his teammate, Richie Porte, in the same time. World road champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) was third, eight seconds later, and regained the overall lead. Van Garderen finished 17 seconds back of Thomas and is 27 seconds off the lead. Three days of the race remain: two more road stages, followed by an individual time trial up the Col d’Èze.
BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert, who took the lead Wednesday in the "king of the mountains" competition, saw his chances of holding onto the jersey dashed by Thomas De Gendt. The Lotto-Soudal) was in a two-man breakaway for nearly 190 kilometers of the 204-km race and took maximum points on seven of the day's eight climbs.
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