Santos Tour Down Under stage 4: Another thrilling finish22. January 2016, Adelaide (AUS) — Road Team
Stage four of the Santos Tour Down Under didn’t disappoint, with spectators enjoying another sprint finish taken out by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE).
Richie Porte was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider finishing in 42nd place, followed by defending champion Rohan Dennis in 57th, both 8 seconds behind Gerrans.
Dennis has retained his third place in the General Classification, 26 seconds behind Ochre jersey-leader Gerrans.
Dennis admitted that It’s not going to be easy to beat Gerrans.
“He can sprint and he can climb and tomorrow we just have to hope that he doesn’t have a good day. You can’t really fault him. He’s an exceptional rider and this week is no exception to any race that he’s targeted.
“Richie’s still within reach as well if he gets the ten seconds (bonus). I think it’s a team effort or we’ll lose it. It’s whoever is best on the day, doesn’t matter if it’s me being the leader or not, it’s whoever is best on Willunga.”
“It wasn’t an easy stage. The race is not totally over, tomorrow’s another day and we’ll just see what happens on Willunga,” Porte said.
Last chance to take the Ochre Jersey
Tomorrow is the penultimate stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, 151.5 kilometers from McLaren Vale to Willunga, with the Willunga Hill King of the Mountain finish.
“Willunga is not that long a climb, it’s not the hardest climb either. I think if we drop Gerrans and he just rides his own tempo, it’s never going to be a massive gap up there. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to try tomorrow,” Porte confirmed.
For Dennis, tomorrow’s stage will be won with aggression.
“Willunga is always won on the Hill. You never win it on a breakaway. History says that anyway so we’re going to have to race it aggressively up the climb the first time and try to isolate them again.”
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